Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lady’s Mantle

Lady’s Mantle is an old-fashioned flower still popular today for it’s fuzzy, cupped leaves that hold water droplets after a rain and the frothy sprays of dainty yellow flowers that bloom in late spring and early summer. Lady’s Mantle is also used in making lotions and soaps. Lady’s Mantle is a long-lived perennial flower that is fairly low maintenance.

Lady’s Mantle forms a nice sized clump, although it will also self-seed in many gardens.

The leaves of Lady’s Mantle are like shallow, pleated cups. The soft hairs make water form droplets that roll around on the leaves. These hairs make the leaves feel velvety, not scratchy or unpleasant to touch.

Lady’s Mantle flowers are airy masses of tiny yellow-green flowers that sit above the foliage until they flop around from their own volume and weight. They are somewhat like a chartreuse baby’s breath and make nice cut and dried flowers.

The only maintenance Lady’s Mantle really needs is the occasionally cleaning up. Deadhead the flowers as they start to dry and remove older leaves as they brown.
Leave Lady’s Mantle standing in the fall. It is semi-evergreen and will over winter better if left in tact and cleaned up in the spring.

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