Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris is a plant that initially does not catch your eye because of its beauty. It has no conspicuous inflorescence or colour. And then you look really closely at this plant and see the large drops that accumulate on its leaves. And all of a sudden you notice that light green bright colour of her leaves…
The name already gives you a clue: lady’s mantle is renowned for her effect on female conditions. The mantle part probably comes from the shape of the leaves that resembles an old-fashioned type of mantle. Which is really appropriate, just as a cloak protects a woman from the elements, the lady’s cloak protects her from ailments.
It is, of course, to be expected that this feminine aspect appears in the magical effects of this gorgeous plant as well. In various cultures, lady’s mantle was devoted to the goddesses dealing with love and motherhood. When Christianity became dominant, the plant was re-baptised a Maria plant. She promotes women’s welfare in many ways and can therefore be used in amulets, but also in a talisman to attain certain things, such as love or a healthy baby.
Basically, this is a plant every woman should have in her garden.
Black, woody, running rhizome from which densely haired, rufous, thin stems emerge. The leaves are round to kidney-shaped, up to about 8 cm in size, 5 to 11 denticulate lobes. The flowers bloom in corymbose inflorescences from May to September, in two sessions. They are yellow-green and have no petals, but do have 4 sepals. The achenes are ripe from August to October.
It is striking that the leaves collect dew into large drops. Even when there is no dew, the leaves still show small drops which are secreted by the water pores.
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