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Ladies mantle (alchemilla mollis)

A hardy perennial, growing to 50cm, with a similar spread. It has tiny greenish-yellow flowers in summer, and rounded leaves with crinkled edges. A member of the rosaceae family, and is a native of the mountains of Europe. It"s dedicated to the Virgin Mary - in the 18th century, women applied the leaves to their breasts to make them recover shape after they had been swollen with milk. See 'Ladies Mantle, Culinary uses'; 'Ladies Mantle, Medical uses'; 'Ladies Mantle, Other uses'

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