Lady’s mantle gets its common name from the fine head of small, lacy flowers that it produces, resembling, to some extent, a lace mantle. The flowers are very tiny, as little as 3mm across, formed on branching clusters, called cymes, and carried in great profusion. The first flowers appear in early summer and the plants go on flowering through the summer. They are produced above the foliage, which is decorative too.

The foliage of alchemilla is made up of rounded leaves, 10cm and more across, lobed into about ten shallow, toothed lobes that impart a frilly appearance to the leaves.