USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)
Lady’s mantle has a long history of herbal use, mainly as an external treatment for cuts and wounds, and internally in the treatment of diarrhea and a number of women’s ailments, especially menstrual problems. The herb is alterative, antirheumatic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, sedative, styptic, tonic, and vulnerary. The leaves and flowering stems are best harvested as the plant comes into flower and can then be dried for later use. The fresh root has similar and perhaps stronger properties to the leaves but is less often used. The plant is rich in tannin and so is an effective astringent and styptic, commonly used both internally and externally in the treatment of wounds. The freshly pressed juice is used to help heal skin troubles such as acne and a weak decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of conjunctivitis. Edible Uses: Young leaves – raw or cooked. Root – cooked.
Sowing: Sow in Spring, March to May. Sow in spring 3mm (1/8in) deep in trays or pots containing good free draining seed compost, Make sure that the compost is moist but not wet. Place in a propagator or seal in a polythene bag and place it in a warm place until after germination which usually takes 21 to 30 days at 16 to 20°C (60 to 70°F). Transplant when large enough to handle into 7.5cm (3in) pots or boxes and grow on in cool. Acclimatize young plants to outdoor conditions before planting out into ordinary garden soil in full sun 38cm (15in) apart.