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lady's mantle - alchemilla vulgaris - leaves

Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris L.

Lady’s mantle 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 female conditions. The mantle part probably comes from the shape of the leaves that resembles a mantle as worn many centuries ago. 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 the lady’s mantle 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. Lady’s mantle protects women 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.

Botanical description

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. They are yellow-green and have no petals, but do have 4 sepals. The achenes are ripe from August to October.

Interesting facts

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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