Lady’s Mantle is one of my very favourite herbs. It was a bit tricky to start but once established there has been no stopping it from popping up in every shady spot it can find.
Lady’s Mantle is a sturdy perennial with unique and beautiful bluish green leaves branching out from a center stock. Lady’s Mantle spreads easily and in decent soil will easily grow over a foot tall. It blooms almost all summer with sprays of delicate yellow flowers. This is one of those special herbs that thrives in full shade and should be the backbone of any shade garden.
Lady’s Mantle is a perennial herb that is hardy in Zones 3 – 9. It can be tricky to start but will germinate if the seed flat is covered and tucked into the fridge until it germinates. The good news is that once it is started Lady’s Mantle is unstoppable. I have found that it was best to put it in one bed by itself so that it didn’t overwhelm more delicate herbs.
There has been nothing that a Nova Scotia winter could throw at it that has ever slowed it down either.
Although Lady’s Mantle has historically been used for childbirth to stem bleeding, under no circumstances should it be used during pregnancy.
Please note that while there are other varieties than vulgaris, I have not found any available in either seed or plants.
If you let the runaway popups mature each season, the plants can be harvested without decimating your herb bed.