Plants small to medium-sized, glaucous to grass green, young inflorescences yellowish, soon becoming reddish brown, to 40 cm. Stems densely spreading- to very sparsely hairy at least in proximal 1/2. Leaves: stipules translucent, usually strongly wine red-tinged proximally, lobes green; blade usually reniform, sometimes orbiculate, shallowly 7–9-lobed, margins flat or slightly, rarely distinctly, undulate, basal sinuses usually wide, sometimes narrow, middle lobes rounded, shorter than to equal to their half-widths, sometimes longer; incisions absent or relatively short to long; teeth sometimes slightly connivent, slightly to strongly asymmetric, apex usually acute to subobtuse, sometimes obtuse, abaxial surface glabrous or hairy, nerves glabrous proximally or hairy throughout, adaxial sparsely to densely hairy throughout or on folds only. Inflorescences: primary branches glabrous or densely pubescent; peduncles glabrous or densely hairy. Pedicels glabrous or hairy. Flowers: epicalyx bractlet lengths 0.5 times to almost equal to sepals (always narrower); hypanthium usually sparsely to densely hairy, sometimes glabrous. Achenes exserted.
N.B., N.S., Ont., Que., Wyo., Europe.
Subspecies 2 (2 in the flora).
|1||Pedicels, distal 1/2 of stems, primary inflorescence branches, and peduncles usually glabrous; abaxial leaf surfaces usually glabrous, nerves usually glabrous proximally, sometimes hairy throughout, adaxial sparsely to densely hairy throughout or on folds only.||Alchemilla filicaulis subsp. filicaulis|
|1||All pedicels, distal 1/2 of stems, primary inflorescence branches, and peduncles densely hairy; abaxial leaf surfaces usually irregularly or uniformly hairy, sometimes glabrous, nerves hairy throughout, adaxial usually densely hairy throughout, rarely only on folds.||Alchemilla filicaulis subsp. vestita|