Alchemilla Mollis is a rather unusual plant. Not particularly showy or eye-catching at a glance. But gardeners have loved this clump forming perennial flower for thousands of years. It has been the subject of folklore with a rich history and lots of medicinal uses. A native, so great for pollinating insects such as butterflies and bees.
Popular for it’s velvety foliage, after rainfall the leaves hold drops of water catching a sparkly effect in the sun. Pale green to yellow clusters of flowers are produced from June to September, peppering the leaves below. Great as a groundcover, it will smother any weeds within it’s parameters and continue to spread. Therefore it is advised after several years to lift parts of the clump to thin it out in order to keep the plant healthy. They go best in borders and can be used as long lasting cut flowers. For maximum effect, and the main reason gardens have them, is that they can be used to space out perennial flower borders. To say that they make other plants pop out of the scenery around them is an understatement. There is a real cosy aura given off when they are planted in the right place.
This is probably one of the easiest plants you can grow, they do well in most soils as long as they are not too dry. As well as being fully hardy, they can thrive for years completely left alone if planted in the right location. In summer, while not particularly tasty, the leaves can be eaten raw, made into tea or be added to salads as they have various medicinal properties.
A true herbaceous perennial, this means the entire plant will die back to the ground in winter to later emerge from it’s root rhizomes in spring.