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Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla acutiloba

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Rosaceae (Rose)
Also in this family:
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, Waxy Lady's-mantle, 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:
30 centimetres tall
Gardens, grassland, meadows, roadsides.

Green, no petals
Flowers appear in small clusters. They are greenish-yellow. No petals.
The fruits are fairly small and insignificant.
The leaves are roundish with 9 to 11 lobes. Leaves measure about 10cm (4 inches) in diameter. The lower stems and undersides of the leaves are densely hairy. The uppersides of the leaves are sparsely hairy. The teeth on the leaf margins are straight and pointed. Perennial.
Other Names:
Sharp-lobed Lady's-mantle.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Alchemilla acutiloba also known as Sharp-lobed Lady's Mantle is a herbaceous perennial plant in the rose family. It is native to the mountains of Central and Southern Europe and it is known for its elongated leaves that are lobed and serrated. The leaves are typically arranged in a rosette at the base of the plant and the plant produces small, yellow flowers in the summer. It is not commonly used as an ornamental plant in gardens, but it can be used as medicinal herb.


Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, scientifically known as Alchemilla acutiloba, is a beautiful and fascinating herbaceous perennial plant belonging to the Rosaceae family. This plant is native to the Caucasus Mountains and can be found in various parts of Europe and Asia.


The Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle is a small, clump-forming plant that usually grows to a height of around 30 cm. It has a compact and dense growth habit and features a basal rosette of deeply lobed leaves that are palmately divided into five to seven leaflets. The leaves are a bright, glossy green color and are often covered in fine hairs that give them a fuzzy texture. The plant produces delicate, tiny flowers that appear in clusters on tall, slender stems from June to August. The flowers are yellow-green and have no petals, and the plant is mainly propagated by seeds.


Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle is a relatively easy plant to grow, and it thrives in well-drained, fertile soils in full sun to partial shade. It prefers moist soil but can tolerate drought conditions once established. This plant is not frost hardy and requires a sheltered position in colder climates.


The Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle has been used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine as a remedy for various ailments. The leaves contain tannins, flavonoids, and other compounds that have anti-inflammatory and astringent properties, making it useful in treating wounds, diarrhea, and other digestive issues. The plant has also been used to treat menstrual disorders, and its astringent properties are said to help reduce heavy bleeding.

In addition to its medicinal uses, Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle is also a popular ornamental plant in gardens and parks. Its attractive foliage and delicate flowers make it an excellent addition to rock gardens, borders, and container plantings.


Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle is an important plant species in the ecosystem. Its leaves and stems provide food and shelter for various insects, including bees, butterflies, and moths. These insects, in turn, pollinate the plant's flowers, aiding in seed production and ensuring the continued survival of the species. Additionally, the plant's deep roots help stabilize soil and prevent erosion, making it an essential plant for soil conservation.


Despite its ecological importance, Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle is facing threats from habitat destruction, climate change, and over-collection for ornamental and medicinal purposes. It is, therefore, crucial to conserve and protect this plant species to ensure its survival and continued ecological benefits. Measures such as habitat restoration, seed banking, and sustainable harvesting can help ensure the long-term survival of this species.


The Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle has a long history of use in folklore and traditional beliefs. In medieval Europe, it was believed to have magical properties and was used in spells and rituals to protect against evil spirits and witchcraft. The plant's leaves were also said to be a symbol of the Virgin Mary's cloak, hence its common name "Lady's-mantle."


Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle can be propagated by seed or division. Seeds can be collected from the plant's flowers and sown in the spring. The plant's roots can also be divided in the spring or fall and planted in a new location.

Garden design

Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle can be used in a variety of garden designs. Its compact growth habit makes it suitable for edging, while its delicate flowers and foliage make it an excellent addition to rock gardens and mixed borders. The plant's foliage can also be used as a backdrop for other plants or as a ground cover in shady areas.

In conclusion, Acute Leaf-lobed Lady's-mantle, Alchemilla acutiloba, is a versatile and valuable plant species that deserves recognition for its ornamental, medicinal, and ecological benefits. With its easy cultivation, conservation efforts, and folklore history, this plant is an essential part of our natural world and a lovely addition to any garden or landscape.

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