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Broadtooth Lady's-mantle

Alchemilla subcrenata

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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, 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, meadows.

Green, no petals
Small clusters of yellowish-green flowers. Flowers have no petals.
The fruit is small and bears no significance.
The roundish leaves are 9 to 11-lobed. Broadtooth Lady's-mantle is hairy. The leaf stalks and lower stems often have down-turned hairs. Blunt-toothed,downy leaves. Perennial.
Frequency (UK):
Rarely seen  

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Other Information


Alchemilla subcrenata is a species of lady's mantle in the rose family. It is native to the mountains of Central Europe, specifically in the Alps and Carpathians. This herbaceous perennial plant is known for its deeply lobed leaves and small, yellow flowers that bloom in early summer. It prefers to grow in moist, well-drained soils and partial shade. It is not commonly used as an ornamental plant in gardens, but it can be used medicinally.


Broadtooth Lady's-mantle, scientifically known as Alchemilla subcrenata, is a perennial herbaceous plant that belongs to the Rosaceae family. It is native to Europe and Asia, and it can be found in countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, and Turkey. This plant is also known by other common names such as Alchemilla rhaetica, Alpine lady's mantle, and Alpine lady's-mantle.

The Broadtooth Lady's-mantle is a small plant, reaching only up to 30 cm in height. It has a basal rosette of leaves that are bright green and round, with a diameter of 2-8 cm. The leaves have shallowly toothed edges and a slightly hairy texture. The leaves are said to resemble the shape of a lady's cloak or mantle, hence the common name "lady's-mantle".

One of the distinctive features of the Broadtooth Lady's-mantle is its small flowers, which are greenish-yellow and appear in clusters at the top of thin, wiry stems. The flowers are not particularly showy, but they have a delicate beauty and are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The flowering period of this plant is from June to August.

Broadtooth Lady's-mantle is a hardy plant that prefers to grow in cool, moist environments, such as meadows, rock crevices, and along streams. It is commonly found in alpine regions and mountainous areas, where it can tolerate harsh conditions such as cold temperatures and high altitude. In the wild, this plant can grow in a variety of soils, including clay, loam, and sandy soils.

In traditional medicine, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle has been used for various ailments. It is believed to have astringent properties and has been used to treat digestive problems, diarrhea, and excessive menstruation. The plant has also been used externally as a poultice to treat wounds and skin irritations.

In modern times, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle has been cultivated as an ornamental plant for gardens and landscapes. Its attractive foliage and delicate flowers make it a popular choice for rock gardens and borders. The plant is also used in floral arrangements and is said to have a long vase life.

Despite its small size, the Broadtooth Lady's-mantle is a plant that has caught the attention of researchers and scientists due to its potential medicinal properties. Studies have shown that the plant contains various bioactive compounds such as tannins, flavonoids, and phenolic acids, which have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties. These compounds may make Broadtooth Lady's-mantle a useful plant in the development of natural treatments for a variety of health conditions.

In addition to its medicinal properties, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle has also played a role in folklore and mythology. In medieval times, the plant was associated with the alchemical pursuit of turning base metals into gold, due to its name "Alchemilla" which means "little alchemist" in Latin. The plant was believed to have magical properties and was used in love spells and potions.

In modern times, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle has become a popular plant in the world of herbal medicine and natural remedies. It is used in various forms such as teas, tinctures, and capsules, and is said to have a range of health benefits such as improving digestion, reducing inflammation, and supporting the immune system.

Broadtooth Lady's-mantle is a fascinating and versatile plant that has captured the attention of people for centuries. Whether used for medicinal purposes, ornamental gardening, or simply appreciated for its unique beauty, this plant is a true treasure of the natural world.

Apart from its medicinal properties, the Broadtooth Lady's-mantle also has ecological significance. As a member of the Rosaceae family, it plays an important role in the ecosystem by providing habitat and food for a variety of insects and animals. The plant's leaves are known to collect water droplets, which can be an important source of moisture for insects such as bees and butterflies.

Furthermore, the Broadtooth Lady's-mantle has also been used in traditional practices such as divination and fortune-telling. In some cultures, the plant was believed to have magical powers and was used to protect against evil spirits and negative energy. The leaves were used for divination, and it was said that the pattern of water droplets on the leaves could reveal hidden truths or predict the future.

In terms of cultivation, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle is a relatively easy plant to grow. It prefers a cool and moist environment and can tolerate partial shade. It can be propagated by seeds or by dividing the clumps of its root system. Once established, the plant is low maintenance and can be left to grow undisturbed.

In conclusion, Broadtooth Lady's-mantle is a fascinating plant with a rich history and many potential uses. Whether appreciated for its medicinal properties, ecological significance, or cultural significance, this plant is a valuable addition to any garden or natural setting.

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