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Geranium 'Orion' (Cranesbill)

Hardy Geranium 'Orion', Crane's Bill 'Orion'


Noted for its depth of color, size of bloom and length of flowering season, award-winning Geranium 'Orion' is a spreading perennial with masses of very large, 2 in. across (5 cm), cup-shaped, vibrant mauve-blue flowers with a small white eye. Each of the overlapping, almost round petals is veined in iridescent purple. The blossoms are held on slender stems high above the foliage of deeply lobed mid-green basal leaves. Robust and vigorous, with one of the longest flowering periods of any of the hardy geraniums and rare blue-colored flowers, it is an ideal element of the perennial border and perfect groundcover under lightly shaded trees and shrubs.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • A prolific bloomer, this hardy geranium blooms for months from late spring to late summer.
  • Grows up to 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).  Will need support for the first couple of seasons until clumps become more self supporting.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Full sun in mild summer gardens, morning sun and afternoon shade in hot summers. Though it prefers moist, well-drained soil, it will also tolerate periods of drought once established. Deer and rabbits resistant.
  • Great for beds and borders, underplanting shrubs and roses, excellent ground cover and lovely addition to cottage gardens.
  • Requires very little maintenance and is generally not subject to serious pest or disease issues. May be occasionally affected by vine weevil, capsid bug, sawflies and powdery mildews
  • Remove flowered stems and old leaves to encourage the production of fresh leaves and flowers
  • Propagate by division between early autumn and early spring or cut back plants after flowering in summer then divide, replant and water well

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Geranium - Cranesbills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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