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Waxy Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla glaucescens

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alpine Cinquefoil, Alpine Lady's-mantle, Ampfield Cotoneaster, Arran Service Tree, Arran Whitebeam, Barren Strawberry, Bastard Agrimony, Bastard Service Tree, Bearberry Cotoneaster, Bird Cherry, Blackthorn, Bloody Whitebeam, Bramble, Bristol Whitebeam, Broad-leaved Whitebeam, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, Bronze Pirri-pirri-bur, Bullace Plum, Bullate Cotoneaster, Burnet Rose, Catacol Whitebeam, Caucasian Lady's-mantle, Cheddar Whitebeam, Cherry Laurel, Cherry Plum, Chinese Photinia, Cloudberry, Clustered Lady's-mantle, Common Agrimony, Common Hawthorn, Common Lady's-mantle, Common Medlar, Common Ninebark, Common Whitebeam, Crab Apple, Creeping Chinese Bramble, Creeping Cinquefoil, Crimean Lady's-mantle, Cultivated Apple, Cultivated Pear, Cut-leaved Blackberry, Damson, Devon Whitebeam, Dewberry, Diel's Cotoneaster, Dog Rose, Doward Whitebeam, Dropwort, Elm-leaved Bramble, English Whitebeam, Entire-leaved Cotoneaster, False Salmonberry, Field Rose, Firethorn, Fodder Burnet, Fragrant Agrimony, Franchet's Cotoneaster, Garden Lady's-mantle, Garden Strawberry, Giant Meadowsweet, Glaucous Dog Rose, Goatsbeard Spiraea, Gough's Rock Whitebeam, Great Burnet, Greengage Plum, Grey-leaved Whitebeam, Hairless Lady's-mantle, Hairy Lady's-mantle, Hautbois Strawberry, Himalayan Blackberry, Himalayan Cotoneaster, Himalayan Whitebeam, Hoary Cinquefoil, Hollyberry Cotoneaster, Hupeh Rowan, Hybrid Cinquefoil, Hybrid Geum, Irish Whitebeam, Japanese Cherry, Japanese Quince, Japanese Rose, Jew's Mallow, Juneberry, Lancaster Whitebeam, Late Cotoneaster, Least Lady's-mantle, Least Whitebeam, Leigh Woods Whitebeam, Ley's Whitebeam, Liljefor's Whitebeam, Littleleaf Cotoneaster, Llangollen Whitebeam, Llanthony Whitebeam, Lleyn Cotoneaster, Loganberry, Many-flowered Rose, Margaret's Whitebeam, Marsh Cinquefoil, Meadowsweet, Midland Hawthorn, Mougeot's Whitebeam, Mountain Ash, Mountain Avens, Mountain Sibbaldia, Moupin's Cotoneaster, No Parking Whitebeam, Ocean Spray, Orange Whitebeam, Pale Bridewort, Pale Lady's-mantle, Parsley Piert, Pirri-pirri-bur, Plymouth Pear, Portuguese Laurel, Purple-flowered Raspberry, Quince, Raspberry, Rock Cinquefoil, Rock Lady's-mantle, Rock Whitebeam, Round-leaved Dog Rose, Round-leaved Whitebeam, Rum Cherry, Russian Cinquefoil, Salad Burnet, Sargent's Rowan, Scannell's Whitebeam, Service Tree, Sharp-toothed Whitebeam, Sherard's Downy Rose, Shining Lady's-mantle, Ship Rock Whitebeam, Short-styled Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Silver Lady's-mantle, Silverweed, Slender Parsley Piert, Slender-spined Bramble, Small-flowered Sweetbriar, Small-leaved Sweetbriar, Soft Downy Rose, Somerset Whitebeam, Sorbaria, Sour Cherry, Southern Downy Rose, Southern Lady's-mantle, Spineless Acaena, Spring Cinquefoil, St. Lucie's Cherry, Steeplebush, Stern's Cotoneaster, Stirton's Whitebeam, Stone Bramble, Sulphur Cinquefoil, Swedish Service Tree, Swedish Whitebeam, Sweet Briar, Symond's Yat Whitebeam, Tengyueh Cotoneaster, Thimbleberry, Thin-leaved Whitebeam, Tibetan Cotoneaster, Tormentil, Trailing Tormentil, Tree Cotoneaster, Trefoil Cinquefoil, Twin-cliffs Whitebeam, Two-spined Acaena, Wall Cotoneaster, Water Avens, Waterer's Cotoneaster, Welsh Cotoneaster, Welsh Whitebeam, White Burnet, White's Whitebeam, White-stemmed Bramble, Wild Cherry, Wild Pear, Wild Plum, Wild Service Tree, Wild Strawberry, Willmott's Whitebeam, Willow-leaved Bridewort, Willow-leaved Cotoneaster, Wineberry, Wood Avens, Wye Whitebeam, Yellow-flowered Strawberry
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Grassland, mountains, riversides, roadsides, rocky places.

Green, no petals
The flowers appear in clusters and are small and greenish-yellow.
The fruit are small and insignificant.
A small and densely hairy perennial flower with roundish, blunt-toothed leaves. The leaves each have from 7 to 9 lobes. The bases of the stems are brownish. Perennial.
Other Names:
Glaucous Lady's-mantle.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Alchemilla glaucescens, also known as glaucous lady's-mantle, is a perennial herb in the rose family. It is native to the alpine regions of Europe and Asia. It is known for its large, lobed leaves and small, yellow-green flowers. The leaves are often used for medicinal purposes, and are said to have astringent, anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties. Some studies suggest that Alchemilla glaucescens may have potential as a treatment for certain types of cancer, but more research is needed to confirm these findings. The plant is also used as an ornamental plant, due to its attractive foliage and flowers. It is also known for its ability to grow in rocky and dry conditions and also for its drought tolerance. It gets its name from its glaucous leaves, which are covered with a powdery or waxy coating that gives them a blue-green or gray-green color.


Waxy Lady's-mantle, scientifically known as Alchemilla glaucescens, is a herbaceous perennial plant that belongs to the Rosaceae family. This plant is native to the alpine regions of Europe and Asia and is widely used for its medicinal and ornamental properties. In this blog, we will discuss the characteristics, uses, and benefits of the Waxy Lady's-mantle.


The Waxy Lady's-mantle is a low-growing plant that reaches a height of about 30-40 cm. The leaves of this plant are round, lobed, and have a waxy coating that gives them a unique appearance. The leaves are arranged in a basal rosette and can grow up to 8 cm in diameter. The plant produces small, yellow-green flowers that bloom from May to August. The flowers are arranged in clusters on the top of the stems and are pollinated by insects.


Waxy Lady's-mantle has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. It contains tannins, flavonoids, and other active compounds that have anti-inflammatory, astringent, and diuretic properties. The plant is used to treat various ailments such as diarrhea, hemorrhoids, and skin irritations.

Apart from its medicinal properties, the Waxy Lady's-mantle is also widely used for ornamental purposes. Its unique foliage and delicate flowers make it an attractive addition to gardens and landscapes. The plant can be grown in rock gardens, borders, and containers.


The Waxy Lady's-mantle offers numerous benefits to the environment and wildlife. Its low-growing habit makes it an excellent ground cover plant that helps to prevent soil erosion. The plant also attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which help to enhance the biodiversity of the ecosystem. Furthermore, the plant has a long lifespan, and it can survive in harsh environments, making it a valuable addition to areas with difficult growing conditions.

Additional Information

Waxy Lady's-mantle is a hardy plant that can grow in a wide range of soil types, including well-drained soil, loam, and clay. It prefers full sun to partial shade and can tolerate frost and cold temperatures.

Propagation of Waxy Lady's-mantle can be done through seeds or division of the clumps. Seeds should be sown in early spring, and the young seedlings can be transplanted into the garden when they are large enough to handle. Division of clumps can be done in the fall or early spring when the plant is dormant.

One of the interesting things about Waxy Lady's-mantle is its historical use in alchemy. The plant was named after the alchemist Paracelsus, who believed that the plant had magical properties and could be used to transform base metals into gold. The plant was also believed to have healing properties and was used to treat various ailments in traditional medicine.

In addition to its medicinal and ornamental uses, Waxy Lady's-mantle has also been used in the production of cosmetics and skincare products. The plant's astringent properties make it useful for toning and firming the skin, while its anti-inflammatory properties make it useful for soothing skin irritations.

Waxy Lady's-mantle is known for its ability to accumulate heavy metals from the soil, making it useful for phytoremediation. Phytoremediation is a process in which plants are used to remove pollutants from the soil or water. Waxy Lady's-mantle can absorb heavy metals such as lead, copper, and zinc, making it useful for cleaning up contaminated sites.

The plant is also used in traditional herbal medicine as a treatment for menstrual cramps, digestive problems, and skin conditions. The leaves of the plant are often dried and made into a tea or tincture for medicinal use. The plant is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and anti-bacterial properties that can help to promote healing and reduce inflammation.

In addition to its medicinal and environmental benefits, Waxy Lady's-mantle has also been used for culinary purposes. The young leaves of the plant can be eaten raw or cooked and have a slightly sour flavor. The leaves can be used in salads, soups, and stews, or as a garnish.

In some cultures, Waxy Lady's-mantle has been used for spiritual purposes. In Celtic folklore, the plant was believed to have magical properties and was associated with the fairy realm. The plant was used in rituals and spells for protection, healing, and divination.

Overall, Waxy Lady's-mantle is a fascinating and useful plant with a rich history and many benefits. Its unique appearance, adaptability, and versatility make it a valuable addition to any garden or landscape. Whether you are interested in its medicinal properties, its environmental benefits, or its culinary uses, Waxy Lady's-mantle is a plant that is definitely worth exploring.

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