Alchemilla vulgaris, more commonly known as lady’s mantle, is a perennial plant. Part of the rosaceae family, it blooms from June-September. Lady’s mantle can be found in moist meadows, open woods, and pastures.
Lady’s mantle is rich in tannins, so can be used to treat a variety of internal and external ailments, however, it is not advisable to consume large quantities. Internally, the herb can be used to help alleviate menstrual cramps. Externally, it can be used to treat cuts and other wounds. The young leaves are mixed with the leaves of the common bistort and redshank to create a bitter herb pudding, called ‘Easter ledger,’ which is eaten during Lent.