Description and General Information:
This is one of the smaller species of lady's-mantle, forming mounds of leaves 15-20 cm high and up to 45 cm wide. Each palmately-divided leaf has 6-7 leaflets. While the upper surface is deep green, the lower is brilliant silvery-white with the edges of the leaves also appearing silvery. The foliage is mostly evergreen. The tiny lime-green flowers are produced in dense clusters, held just above the foliage. It is native to Arctic-montane moorlands and alpine meadows of Europe, extending into southern Greenland.
June to September in the wild, but as early as May in warmer garden locations.
This lady's-mantle is an easy species to accommodate. Grow it in full sun to part shade in any well-drained soil that does not get too wet. While hardy in zones 3-7, it performs better in cooler regions.
Propagation by seed is quite easy. In fact, plants often self-seed. Generally, fall sowing is successful or stratify the seeds for 8 weeks. Larger plants may be dug in spring and divided into smaller sections.