Alchemilla mollis

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaRosaceaeAlchemillaAlchemilla mollis


A vigorous perennial herb, frequently grown in gardens and found naturalised on roadsides, riverbanks, rough ground and anywhere where garden refuse is dumped. It also occurs as a casual on rubbish tips. It reproduces mainly by seed, which is produced abundantly, but it can also spread by rhizome fragments. Generally lowland, but established at 520 m below Ben Lawers (Mid Perth).



World Distribution

Native of S.E. Europe and S.W. Asia.

© S. Hammonds

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 6

Moisture (Ellenberg): 5

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 6


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.5

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1009

Life form information

Height (cm): 60

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Distribution information

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 805

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 17

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 1

Weighted Changed Factor: 89

Weighted Change Factor Confidence (90%)


Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

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