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ID please - mallow? geranium?

GuybrushGuybrush Posts: 172

Hi, Can anyone identify this plant for me. It's everywhere in a little garden I've just passed by but I don't think I've ever seen it before. Cheers James


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060
    Alchemilla mollis ; a spreading weed !
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,639
    ..or a very useful ground cover plant, depending on your point of view.
    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,178
    I agree with you evil twin :)
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,034
    It can be both - but if you deadhead before it seeds  everywhere, it's a great little plant, especially for awkward spots as it doesn't care much where it grows. I find it very useful

    It also cuts well for a case of flowers   :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060
    Pleased to hear that B3 !
    When you've spent valuable time attempting to prise its accursedly strong roots from between paving slabs ; struggling to extricate it from the roots of other plants it has forced its way through , and just self-seeding everywhere you don't want it , then I would classify it as a 'spreading weed' .
  • GuybrushGuybrush Posts: 172
    Thanks. :smile: It looks rather pretty running down their cobbled path. I'm in two minds in getting some myself now.
  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060
    Good luck with that one Guybrush !
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,768
    Cut it hard back after flowering and before the seeds develop ... give it a good watering and it'll bounce back with a second flush of its pretty leaves that look so beautiful, holding drops of rain like pearls.

    It looks gorgeous in a vase of  roses 

    I've never had a garden without it ...  it's an absolute treasure ... love it 

    And for the romantic ones among you ... it's common name is Lady's Mantle  :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,060
    Have never had nor wanted it in my garden , but what I DO grow is (in my opinion) , a more 'refined' species ; Alchemilla alpina .
    Much slower and far less invasive , but 'each to their own' !
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 52,034
    Me too Dove - cut some a couple of days ago for the house

    and the raindrops on them are indeed beautiful  :)

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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