Alchemilla erythropoda


Alchemilla are charming perennials with frothy lime-green summer flowers and pleated, apple-green foliage. Alchemilla erythropoda is a smaller form of Alchemilla mollis. It forms neat mounds of mid-green leaves that take on a reddish tinge if grown in full sun. They are topped with sprays of lime-green flowers in late spring and early summer; they become flushed with bronze as they age. Alchemilla erythropoda is ideal for growing at the front of the border, lining a path or beneath alliums or roses. Like all alchemillas, it self-seeds freely, into gravel or cracks between paving. If you want to avoid this, cut back the faded flowers promptly.

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Alchemilla erythropoda is a species of Alchemilla native to Eastern Europe. About half the size of Alchemilla mollis it looks just like a dwarf version, but isn’t really! It is a red-stem version (erythropoda means red stem). It forms a clump of hairy, palmate leaves, with sprays of citron-yellow flowers in early summer. The leaves of this and its relative A. mollis are noted for being highly water-repellent. Looks great anywhere. Seeds a bit but not as much as A. Mollis. The stems are not very red though, despite the species name unless grown in full sun.

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Almost any soil
  • Flowers: June, July, August, September
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy
  • Height & spread : 15 – 45 cm
  • Pot size : 1L
  • Rate of growth: average