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JetmorganJetmorgan Posts: 79

Had this growing in the garden ever since I moved in 10 odd years ago. I was told what it's name was but for the life of me I can't remember. I have it in the back of my mind that it was something to do with Mother's in Law...mind you it seems a lot of plants are named after mother's in law!!!

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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,511

    Hi there. Your plant is Alchemilla mollis - often known as Lady's mantle.

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  • JetmorganJetmorgan Posts: 79
    Ladybird4 says:

    Hi there. Your plant is Alchemilla mollis - often known as Lady's mantle.

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    many thanks for that Ladybird4...that's now jogged my memory. and nothing to do with mother's in law...perhaps I have a bit of a mother in law fixation!!!

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,511

    Ha ha image

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  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087

    They will reseed and multiply. It's a plants that once it grows in your garden you will never get rid of it, Saying that, it's a cracking perennial for ground cover and will be happy in most soils and aspect

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Mine flowered for nearly four months last year and it's a self seeded one in amongst gravel and tatt. I'm a fan, some people aren't. image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 34,511

    pp I love it too and I have its tinier relative Alchemilla alpina which is also lovely. I really like the way that raindrops form little 'diamonds' in the hollow of the leaves.

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  • JetmorganJetmorgan Posts: 79
    greenfingers steve says:

    They will reseed and multiply. It's a plants that once it grows in your garden you will never get rid of it, Saying that, it's a cracking perennial for ground cover and will be happy in most soils and aspect

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     Yes I've dug up a couple of other plants that I presume had self seeded so they will get planted somewhere else I think. This one will have to come out at some point when I rebuild the raised flower bed in the back garden but I might be able to put it back once I've finished.

  • ButtercupdaysButtercupdays Posts: 4,128

    They can be quite hard to dig up, but are also hard to killimage  However it is often better to look around fo a self-seeded replacement that will grow fast.

    I love it, but it can get very big and is hard to gauge, as what looks very pretty when the flowers first open changes dramatically as the stems extend and the flowers flop. This year especially - mine are covering easily twice the area they usually do. I let a few grow in spaces on my terrace to break up the stone expanse and I will have to cut them back today to make room to walk!

    I have another species (A. vulgaris) that grows wild in the grass here, which is very similar but much smaller and can be useful where mollis would be too big. I also have A. alpina on the rockery, but find it a less attractive plant.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,568

    Great for cutting and using as a filler in vases of summer flowers - looks especially good with pink roses image

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