CARPET LADY’S MANTLE
A cloud of lime-lemon flowers, float above a thick weed-proof mat of scalloped foliage on Alchemilla andina CARPET LADY’S MANTLE
A cloud of lime-lemon scented flowers
Alchemilla andina repeat blooms through spring, summer and autumn with frothy bunches of the tiny, scented flowers.
The scent is light, sweet, and honey like. And the scent becomes even more apparent when the bunches are brought indoors as cut flowers for small posies. They last well in a vase.
Weed suppressing ground cover
Alchemilla andina is the most effective groundcover of all the Lady’s Mantles.
Because the foliage is dense and weed suppressing, it forms a tight-knit carpet to approximately 20cm high.
And the shiny, leathery leaves remain brightly evergreen through even the hardest frosts.
So it spreads to make a tight carpet quite quickly, but fear not – it is not invasive.
And the carpet of foliage sparkles whenever there is rain or dew. Because moisture droplets gather around the fringed edges of every leaf.
Hardy, adaptable & even copes with humidity
Carpet Lady’s Mantle can cope in a variety of soils and conditions.
Happily for sub-tropical gardeners, Alchemilla andina tolerates summer humidity well. Thanks to its wide native habitat range in the South America.
But is also very frost hardy, because it grows high in the Andes Mountains as well as by the sea in South America.
Alchemilla andina grows best in Part Shaded positions.
So it enjoys Dappled Sun and Shade under trees and shrubs, or Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade.
However it can also thrive in Full Shade, as long as it has good light levels, and can tolerate clay soils well.
Uses in the garden
Perfect groundcover under trees, shrubs and roses.
Alchemilla andina is probably the toughest of all the Lady’s Mantles, and a good one to begin with.
So it can be used between paving stones because it can withstand light foot traffic.
Use in your home
The clouds of flowers are a well stocked store of nectar and pollen for bees, other pollinators and useful insects, and butterflies. The long blooming season makes Alchemilla andina very useful to our flying friends.
And the flowers can be cut for small vases where they last well.
Growing: Alchemilla andina
CARPET LADIES MANTLE
– Height with flowers: 20cm approx.
– Width: 30cm – 40cm approx.
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodland but will tolerate Full Sun, but the lovely foliage may scorch in hot areas.
– Soil: Adapts to a wide range of soils, and even tolerates clay.
– Frost: Hardy, remains evergreen even in hard frosts.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial. Hardy groundcover.
Easy care & loved by wildlife
– Beneficial to wildlife: Good source of pollen and nectar to bees, pollinators and butterflies over a long period.
– Beware: Not recommended today for use as a herbal medicine, even though it has a long history of use.
– Care: Very low maintenance. The only work you may wish to do is a chop back after flowering has finished.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not attractive to rabbits and deer.
– Origin: Hardy native ground-cover widely distributed in north eastern countries of South America, such as Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. Can be found from the sea to the Andes Mountains – so a very hardy and adaptable plant.