Star-shaped flowers


Latin name:
Europe, Asia.

The Alchemilla genus comprises about 300 herbaceous, stable perennial (rarely annual) species native to mountainous areas. Decorative leaves are finger-lobed, rounded, folded, lower - in a rosette. The flowers are small, nondescript, greenish or yellowish, leafless, collected in corymbose-paniculate inflorescences.

Mountain cuff (Alchemilla alpina) - a plant 10-20 cm high with gray-green, silvery complex leaves on the underside, consisting of lanceolate leaflets. Greenish-yellow star-shaped flowers are collected in corymbose inflorescences. Flowering is summer.

Soft cuff (A. mollis) grows up to 40-45 cm in height; has leaves with a serrated edge. In summer, star-shaped yellow-green flowers bloom, collected in complex corymbs.


Manchette is grown outdoors; it is usually planted in stony gardens, and is also valued as a plant used for decorating flower beds and tents. They are planted in the open ground, usually in autumn or early spring. When landing between copies of mountain cuffs leave a distance of about 20 cm, soft cuffs - 40 cm. Cuffs are undemanding to the soil, as long as drainage is effective.


The soil should always be well-spilled, moist. Do not allow water to stagnate in the soil.


Propagate both vegetatively and by seeds. Seeds are sown at the end of winter in a mixture of sand, peat and well-sterilized earth in an equal ratio with the addition of a full mineral fertilizer at the rate of 10 g per bucket of soil. It is desirable that both the soil in the garden and the potting soil have a slightly acidic pH (5.5). As soon as the seedlings grow up and get stronger, they are transplanted into cups or cellular containers filled with the same soil as the seed used before, but more fertilized. Then, in the fall or at the end of winter, the seedlings are finally planted. For reproduction, use dividing the bush in spring or autumn.


In order to avoid excessive summer heat, it is better to choose semi-shaded areas for planting.


Usually, the cuff does not tolerate summer temperatures above 25-30 °C.

Diseases and pests

If there is poor drainage and excessive watering, root rot may begin. In this case, stop watering for a while.


Plants are purchased in the spring, checking their condition. The conditions of seed storage must be observed-only this can ensure good germination.

Care summary

Cultivation simple
Watering frequent
Transplanting not performed
Appearance maintenance not required
Location in partial shade
Temperature maximum 30 °C
Flowering time in summer
Height 10-45 cm


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