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lady's mantle - alchemilla vulgaris

 
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I've just started drinking some alchemilla tea for menstrual issues.

I found this article, http://www.herbalmedicinefromyourgarden.com/ladys-mantle-health-benefits/, which says that alchemilla vulgaris is also known as alchemilla xanthochlora and is the one to use for medicinal properties. (Though, I must say that I don't agree with the idea of douching - ever.) This article also claims that a. mollis is not effective as a medicinal.

So I tried to find out if my plant is a. vulgaris or a. mollis. I can't tell. I thought this analysis, http://www.chicagobotanic.org/downloads/planteval_notes/no24_alchemilla.pdf, from the Chicago Botanic Garden would help, but it didn't. I guess the a. vulgaris is a bit more spreading and open.

Here are the leaves of mine. When it blooms, I'll try to get a shot of that as well since I currently don't have a picture of that.

Any tips on use or how to tell the difference?

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There are many varieties of Alchemilla.

Here are Wikipedia images of A. vulgaris and A. mollis.

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Thanks John. I think the a. vulgaris pic is a bit pre-bloom and the a. mollis pic is during bloom, so I'm still not getting the difference.

Is it just me?
 
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