Alchemilla - Lady's Mantle
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla) was probably so named for the resemblance of its leaves to women's cloaks, flaring and ruffled. Because cloaks covered and protected women, it was no stretch for herbalists who studied the doctrine of signatures to expect that Lady's Mantle had many applications for women's health. Indeed, it does.
Named Alchemilla because of its uses in alchemy, its leaves hold dew drops like tiny diamonds or pearls around the leaf margins, and this gave rise to superstitious beliefs; among them that collected dew was useful in love potions, and when dropped into the eye could enable one to see fairies.
I recommend Alchemilla for naturalizing in shaded gardens, heritage and heirloom gardens, medicinal herb gardens, and even fairy gardens.
To learn more, read our article, Our Lady's Mantle.
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