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Lady's mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

Lady’s mantle (Alchemella mollis) is vibrant green under an overcast sky, and raindrops characteristically bead up on its leaves. Alchemists believed that dew had magical properties and collected the droplets from lady’s mantle in the early morning. This variety, A. mollis, grows in Cuxa Cloister, the only garden at The Cloisters where we grow some non-medieval plants. A. mollis is a widely used perennial that is related to the medieval A. vulgaris. Both plants bead up with water droplets in a similar way.

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