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Lady's mantle (Alchemilla species)

The plants have shallowly lobed palmate leaves and frothy heads of small star-shaped light-green flowers. There are three species common to Cumbria: A. glabra, A. filicaulis ssp. vestita and A. xanthochlora. Occurs particularly on Limestone soils. The pure dew collected by the leaves was prized by both herbalists and alchemists ( hence the name).


Height: 20- 80 cm

Altitude limit: A. glabra & A. filicaulis ssp. vestita 740m Cross Fell
A. xanthochlora 845m Great Dun Fell