Alchemilla (Rosaceae)

April 5, 2018 Best landscape design

Alchemilla from the Arabic alkemelych passed into the Latin akhymía, to indicate that the plant was used by alchemists. The genus includes perennial, rustic grasses, typical of mountainous regions that have flowers in corymbs or umbrella-like peaks, of a greenish-yellow color; their low height makes them suitable for rock gardens in cool climates. Alchemillavulgaris, usually not grown in Italy, is a spontaneous plant, very common and is commonly called “star grass”.

Typical of mountainous areas, Alchemilla mollis, an easy-to-grow plant, is used above all in shady locations to decorate caves and borders.
Typical of mountainous areas, Alchemilla mollis, an easy-to-grow plant, is used above all in shady locations to decorate caves and borders.

Cultivated species of Alchemilla:

A. alpina (cm 15), elegant gray-green foliage on the upper page, silver in the lower one, pale green-yellow flowers, grows well in the crevasses between the rocks, also in Italy; Alchemilla mollis (cm 30), with lobed-toothed tomentose leaves and greenish-yellow flowers, tends to be intrusive, but it serves well as covering the ground especially in shady locations.

Cultivation:

an excellent drainage is essential for the Alchemilla to prosper; for the rest, any good soil will be to their liking; naturally, being mountain plants, they can not stand warm and sunny climates. The simplest method of multiplication consists of the division of tufts in spring or autumn; However they can also be propagated by means of the seeds that are abundantly produced.