Produces frothy lime heads in foamy bunches, over the prettiest mounds of cupped and fringed leaves.
Alchemilla xanthochlora DEW CUP is particularly long blooming.
Frothy lime heads in foamy bunches
Dew Cup begins blooming in late spring and continues for some months, well into Autumn.
Beads of dew fringe the leaves
And it forms a neat, round foliage mound, with each leaf catching dew drops to form beads round the fringed edge.
Alchemilla foliage makes dewy and frosty mornings a sparkling special experience.
Clouds of cut flowers
The clouds of flower bunches make very pretty cut flowers, and they last well in the vase.
Groundcover, edges & under roses
Use as an attractive groundcover.
One plant will slowly spread to cover the ground with pretty foliage, but for a more instant effect and cover – plant several clumps close together.
Or plant as a very pretty edge along a path in a shaded garden.
Makes pretty underplanting for deep red or yellow roses, or under trees and shrubs.
Where to plant
Preferred position is in Part Shade, Dappled Sunlight or Morning Sun.
Alchemilla xanthochlora will scorch in full sun, except in the coolest of areas.
Copes with frost & clay
Not in the slightest bit frost tender. Dew Cup is frost hardy to very low minus degrees of celsius.
Copes with clay soil well, as well as being happy in average garden soil
Though the leaves are so fresh, soft and inviting, rabbits and deer tend to treat them with ignore.
Perhaps it is the astringent flavour, or the critters have not read the recipe for “Bitter Pudding”.
In traditional British village life from centuries past – young Alchemilla leaves were gathered and combined with other field leaves to make a dish called “Bitter Pudding”. I think a fairly astringent culinary experience, but perhaps a good source of much needed vitamins and minerals back then.
Devotees of herbal teas still enjoy Alchemilla leaves today as it is grown as a commercial crop for tea making.
Historic medicinal uses
Medieval Alchemists prized Alchemilla as powerful magic.
Because they believed Alchemilla could turn base metal into gold, if only they could get the recipe right.
And “Ladies Difficulties” were also treated with Alchemilla. While freshly squeezed juice was the teenagers best friend in the treatment of acne.
Growing: Alchemilla xanthochlora
– Height with flowers: 20cm approx.
– Width: Alchemilla xanthochlora forms an evergreen clump to a diameter of 30cm – 60cm approx.
– Position: Partially shaded positions, or woodland conditions, are perfect for Alchemilla xanthochlora.
– Soil: Alchemilla xanthochlora is very tolerant of different soil types. And it even has a liking for heavy clay, which can be soggy at times.
However it can also thrive in light sandy soils, providing it gets enough moisture.
But it is perfectly happy in normal average garden loam.
– Frost: Alchemilla xanthochlora is very frost hardy, even in hard frosts.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial.
Easy care and beneficial
– Beneficial to wildlife: Alchemilla blossoms provide both nectar and pollen for bees, other pollinators and beneficial insects.
– Beware: Please consult your medical adviser before using Alchemilla as a herbal medicine. Particular care is advised during pregnancy.
– Care: Generally easy and low maintenance. Although you can shear the foliage mounds back hard after flowering, if you wish to promote fresh growth. Otherwise just leave them to get on with it.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Rabbits and deer find it unpalatable.
– Origin: Alchemilla xanthochlora is native to areas of Europe, from Spain to Norway, and even as far east as Bulgaria. So this truly adaptable and hardy plant can tolerate a wide range of climates and conditions.