seeds of Alchemilla xanthochlora, Lady’s Mantle

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Alchemilla xanthochlora, also called Lady’ mantle, is an herbaceous plant species that belongs the family Rosaceae. The herb’s synonyms include Alchemilla vulgaris, Alchemilla sylvestris, and Alchemilla pratensis. Alchemilla xanthochlora has its origins in Europe which also serves as the continent where it distribution is most prevalent. The Mediterranean islands and Portugal are the only parts of Europe that happen not to be a native home for the plant. Alchemilla xanthochlora grows to a height of 300 cm. The plant has hairy stems and yellowish-green serrated leaves that are kidney-shaped. Flowers are yellowish-green as well and grow in clusters. Alchemilla xanthochlora is self-fertile and a hermaphrodite (it has both male and female organs.) The plant reproduces through seeds rather than through sexual fusion. Young leaves are edible, and one can cook them as a vegetable. The leaves are ideal when one mixes them with the leaves of Polygonum bistorta to make a unique bitter pudding. The plant's roots are also edible and share the same astringent taste present in the leaves. Alchemilla xanthochlora is grown commercially and sold to tea processors who blend it with tea leaves to improve the quality. Alchemilla xanthochlora has been a go-to plant for herbal remedies for centuries. Communities that use such remedies believe it can cure certain conditions and to treat cuts. Examples of treatable conditions include menstrual problems and diarrhoea. A summation of the plant's properties would describe it as a diuretic, an alterative, a tonic, a sedative, a styptic, and a febrifuge. It must be mentioned, however, that none of such properties have the approval of the modern medical fraternity. Thus, a prudent move would be to consult a doctor first. Alchemilla xanthochlora thrives in well-drained, fertile soils with good moisture levels. The soils should also be slightly basic or of neutral pH. Alchemilla xanthochlora grows best in the shade.
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