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Lady’s Mantle

Lady’s Mantle

Alchemilla mollis Open-pollinated. I first admired this attractive plant in the lovely gardens at Avena Botanicals. Softly hairy wavy-edged leaves unfold like fans in early spring. Leaves hold rain and dew, sparkling in the early morning light. Alchemists believed the collected dew was the purest water and used it in their preparations; thus its genus name. Bears large loose sprays of tiny greenish-yellow flowers from early summer onward. Makes a good border and ground cover in shady locations. Astringent and regenerative, has a long history as a remedy for women. Seed is short-lived. Oscillating temperatures aid germination which requires 21–30 days. Likes average well-drained soil and moisture; tolerates most conditions. 12–18" perennial, hardy to Zone 3. ~2,600 seeds/g.
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Herbs

Statements about medicinal use of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA, and should not be used for the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any ailment. Before using or ingesting any medicinal plant, consult a healthcare practitioner familiar with botanical medicine.

About medicinal herbs: Archeological evidence dates the medicinal use of herbs back 60,000 years to the Neandertals. 85% of the world’s population employ herbs as medicines, and 40% of pharmaceuticals in the U.S. contain plant-derived materials. Fewer than 10% of higher plant species have been investigated for their medicinal components. Interest in traditional herbal remedies continues to grow.

Herb culture: To substitute fresh herbs for dried in cooking, use triple the dried quantity called for in a recipe.

Drying herbs at home is not difficult. Whole leaves retain their flavor at least a year.

Some herbs are customarily grown from divisions because they cannot come true from seed, such as scented thymes and flavored mints. Some require fall sowing of fresh seed, such as sweet cicely and angelica, and these become available in August or September.

Chervil and Parsley are listed with the Greens.

Takinagawa Burdock and Resina Calendula, as well as oats, mammoth red clover and alfalfa in the Farm Seed section, also have medicinal uses. Medicinal herbs such as black cohosh and goldenseal are available as plants, and shipped with Trees in the spring.