Origin: High Pyrenees
Special Features: Scalloped dark green leaves with a silver edge
Natural Flowering Period: June - August
Winter Hardiness: Z3
Growth Habit: A tidy mound
Foliage: Deep green leaves have nice sheen, and a silvery edge. Excellent!
Height with Flower: 15 cm
Spacing between Plants: 30 cm
Soil Requirement: Well-drained soils, pH 5.8 - 6.8
Location: Partial Shade
Use: In rock garden with Carex flacca, Aruncus aethusifolius, and Papaver nudicaule
Specialities: Alchemilla saxatilis is good planted along a rocky pathway. Grows in non-alpine conditions better than A. alpina which is almost identical.
Grams per 1000 seeds: 1
Seed Requirement: 1 g / 1000 plants
Best Sowing Date: September-October
Way of Germination: Cold Germinator
Germination: The sowing must be kept warm (about +18 to 22°C) and moist for the first 2-4 weeks. After this period the sowing must be kept at a cold temperature (between -4 and +4°C) for another 4-6 weeks. It is not so important if the temperature is higher or lower during the cooling period, but the cooling period has to be prolonged because the synthesis of the germination inducer, hormonlike acid, slows down or comes to a standstill. It is beneficial to cover the sowing with snow during the cooling-period. The temperature below it usually keeps in the optimum range of -4 to 0°C. The sowing is kept moist, and the melting snow helps to destroy the shell, which is advantageous for the germinating seedling. After this cooling-period the sowing may not be immediately exposed to high temperatures. The most effective temperatures are between +5 to 12°C, even if germination has started. The best location for this sowing, even in March, April and May, is the open field, the cold frame or a cold greenhouse.
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 8 weeks
Transplanting to salable Plant: 6 - 10 weeks
Lady's Mantle, Mantle rock. Bot.syn.: Alchemilla alpina L. subsp. saxatilis (Buser) E.G.Camus.