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Lady's Mantle in the South

Posted by atlanta_gardener 7b Atlanta (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 15, 04 at 2:57

Hi, I was just wondering if anyone's had experience growing Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla Mollis) in this area. My in-laws in Michigan have tons of it but according to a couple of my sources it may be too hot here. What do you guys think? Thanks in advance for your assistance!


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RE: Lady's Mantle in the South

didn't like my place at all. may be that zone 7 is its southern limit?


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I've tried it twice - didn't like me either. Linda


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I see it growing at abandoned home sites from time to time in the atlanta area.


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When I was a southern greenhorn some years ago I went to buy several pots of lady's mantle at a nursery and the woman working there made a funny face when I put them in my cart. "Don't they grow well here?" I asked. She looked over her shoulder, checking to see if the boss was around. "It can be difficult," she said, and then, deciding she shouldn't discourage a sale, amended that. "Try it for yourself and see." I bought the plants, put them in my garden, and they literally melted away as the weather warmed. So now I know better. Almost ANYTHING I see growing in massive heaps and billows in a British gardening book or mag (or PNW, for that matter) I avoid like the plague, because I know my climate is the exact opposite. Now when I shop at a nursery and I see someone picking up alchemilla mollis or delphinium or cyclamen or anything else that I know is going to be dead in two weeks I make a face -- and hope they catch on.


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I bought some cheap 6-packs from Wal-mart 3 yrs. ago and put some in a moist shady place--they were very small for 2 yrs. and this spring they finally have some growth to where it is noticable. I wouldn't buy any expensive ones. The ones I planted in dry shade and/or sunny places died out. By the way, I have a 2yr. cyclamen in a small pot that I overwintered and have placed in a shady cool microclimate place and it bloomed again (only 2 blooms, but I was trilled nevertheless) and still holding on with the blooms going on 6 weeks. I think if you have a microclimate that would suit a potential plant--you probaly can grow it.


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  • Posted by ccl38 8A Savannah, GA (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 20, 04 at 16:47

Planted it twice--watched it die both times--won't plant it again.


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I have alchemilla mollis - common Lady's Mantle. It grows fine just north of Atlanta in Gwinnett County. Better than fine. I got mine from a nursery over near Athens that sells only plants that do well in this area of Georgia. It's absolutely beautiful today after yesterday's rain. I'm a beginner gardener and not very good at it yet, so you don't need to know what you're doing to grow it. Make sure it's in shade.


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I have some I grew from seed that is doing well under trees. 'Irish Silk' is the name of the cultivar.

K


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  • Posted by ccl38 8A Savannah, GA (My Page) on
    Wed, Nov 17, 04 at 16:00

It is such a pretty plant and I have watched it melt twice.


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Looking for anyone else to comment, I want some so bad, miss my Midwest garden. I have been planting other plants with need of afternoon shade, in a new part sun bed with improved soil, hoping that may be what they need. I am halfway between ATL and Chatanooga.


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