Hardy, early summer-flowering perennial
Description: Bears many loose clusters of tiny, yellow green flowers; downy, gray-green foliage
Habit: Sprawling, clump forming plant grow 1 to 2 feet high and up to 2 feet wide
Culture: Prefers well-drained but evenly moist garden loam and some shade, especially in hot regions
Attributes: Rabbit and deer resistant
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 through 7
This is the popular cottage garden Lady's Mantle introduced from the Caucasus in 1874. Like its European relative, Alchemilla vulgaris, its felt-like leaves curiously hold water like beads of mercury. This property made it a favorite of the early apothecaries or alchemists, hence its scientific name. The delicate, airy blossoms are popular as cut flowers and for drying, and the fuzzy leaves are deer and rabbit resistant.