|30 - 40 cms tall.
According to some accounts, Lady's Mantle has been used for centuries
as a herbal remedy. According to other authorities it has never been
used medicinally, but has been confused with two species that have a
history of medicinal use: A. alpina (Alpine lady's mantle) and A. xanthoclora.
The plant is often grown as a ground cover, and is
especially valued for the leaves in wet weather, as the water forms
beads and sparkles on the leaves.
This is due to the remarkable dewetting properties of the leaves,
whereby the contact force between the water and the leaf is so
disfavoured that a thin layer of air penetrates the solid-liquid
interface. These beads of water were considered by alchemists to be the
purest form of water. They utilised this water in their quest to turn
base metal into gold. Hence the name Alchemilla.