The Alchemilla erythropoda is a genus from the Rosaceae family and is native to Europe and Asia. The Alchemilla erythropoda is commonly named dwarf lady’s mantle.
The Alchemilla erythropoda is a bit smaller and more compact than the Alchemilla mollis. The leaves are smaller and a bit more blue and the flowers are also smaller and less intensely coloured. The leaves have red stems and reach a height of about 6 inches (15 centimetres). Erythropus is Latin and means red foot. The flowers appear above the mounds of foliage to about 12 inches (12 centimetres) high.
The leaves are a bit water-repellent which makes the raindrops and dew lay on top of the leaves.
The Alchemilla erythropoda is self-seeding but it is easy to remove or replant the dwarf lady’s mantle so that is not a problem at all. The dwarf lady’s mantle is clump-forming. The clumps become wider slowly. To prevent spreading through seed, you can cut off the flowers immediately after bloom. This will prevent the seed forming. You can also cut the leaves to the ground at the same time. New leaves will form rapidly and also new flowers will develop.
The dwarf lady’s mantle is perfect as groundcover, cut flower, along edges, in borders and in rock gardens and is salt and quite drought tolerant. The dwarf lady’s mantle tolerates sun and shadow, but prefers a moist spot in light shade.
Attracts bees: no
Characteristic: newly growing every year
Exposure: sun/ part shade
Flower colour: green/ yellow
Flowering time: May – June
Foliage colour: green
Fragrant flower: no
Hardiness: -25 ºC (-13 ºF)
Height: 6 inches (15 cm)
Soil: normal/ moist