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Ladys Mantel

You need to stop it seeding, so cut off the pretty (and poisonous) red berries. In the lawn, a standard lawn weedkiller will see to them; in the borders, they're quite easy to dig out.



  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    I understand Lady's Mantle to be alchemica molliis which has frothy lime green/ yellow floors in summer. You can reduce the amount of self seeding by cutting these off just before they go over. In fact I cut mine back to the ground, they soon put out rosettes of fresh green foliage. They do have quite tough woody roots, but they can be dug out, or carefully dabbed with glyphosate.
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    There are prettier and less invasive Alchemilla too. A, alpine, A. ellenbeckii, A. faroenssis (used to be called that) are all much nicer than the big leafed thug A. mollis.

  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Now I'm confused - I thought it was the one with speckled green leaves at ground level and stems of bright orange berries in autumn - what is that called, Ladies' what?

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Lords and Ladies? The arum?
  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Lords and Ladies - thank you, Figrat! Yes, the arum.

    I blame the heat for my addled brain image

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Advice still sound though!
  • GMcG26GMcG26 Posts: 2

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    This is a picture of the plant - how do I stop it growing and taking over.

    Roots are also very deep.



  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Apologies for taking the liberty to insert your pic onto my post GMcG26. This is
    the plant I had in mind when I responded to the first post. If you cut off the flowers before they go over it will minimise its self seeding habit, and as I said, I cut mine back to the ground at this time as the foliage starts to look a bit tired as well. Seedlings are easy to spot because of their characteristic leaf shape, and, as you have discovered, are much easier to remove when young. I suppose you could try glyphosate if they are too embedded to remove manually, but I do like to have some of them dotted through the garden.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,989

    I'm paying £10 for 4 plants to go in a bit of wild shade under some trees - I just hope mine is as tenacious and 'spreadable' as yoursimage

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

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    Blooming heck. Come here and you can have a hundred for nowt!

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