Leaf of Lady's Mantle with dew
The plant is only a foot high and green throughout- flowers, stem and leaves alike, and therefore inconspicuous - the rich form of its foliage and the beautiful shape of its clustering blossoms make it worthy of notice. Long-lasting small yellow flowers appear in early summer.
How to Grow Ladys Mantle
Though it can be difficult to find in herb stores, it is an easy plant to grow, and deserves a place in every woman's garden both for its beauty and usefulness. The whole herb is gathered in June and July when in flower and when the leaves are at their best, and dried. The root, when employed may be fresh.
Alchemilla alpina , Alpine Lady's Mantle has similar properties and was once prescribed for obesity.
The name Alchemilla, comes from the Arabic 'alkemelych', alchemist, bestowed by olden writers because of the wonder-working powers of the plant.
Like many flowers, this plant was associated with the Virgin Mary in the Middle Ages. (hence the name Lady's not Ladies Mantle). Many believed that alchemical virtues lay in the subtle influence the rich accordion foliage imparted to the dewdrops that lay within it's leaves, these dewdrops were used in many mystic potion. In Sweden an old authority states that if placed under the pillow at night the herb will promote a good nights sleep.