Geranium ‘Orion’ (cranesbill ‘Orion’) is unlike some of its shorter cousins, in that it can form clumps up to two feet tall. Its stunningly blue-violet flowers with white centers last from late spring into late summer, even popping up occasionally in the fall.
This plant has been recognized by many gardeners for its excellence, even receiving the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Its long bloom time and large flowers (up to 2” across) make it a standout among geraniums.
G. ‘Orion’ is reportedly a hybrid between G. ‘Brookside’ and G. himalayense ‘Gravetye’.
|Botanical Name||Geranium ‘Orion’|
|Common Name||cranesbill ‘Orion’|
|USDA Zone||5 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||spring, summer, fall|
|Height and Spread||1.5-2ft x 2-3ft (45-60cm x 60-90cm)|
|Flower Color||Blue, Purple|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Horticultural origin. Geranium ‘Orion’ is a hybrid cross between G. ‘Brookside’ and G. himalayense ‘Gravetye’|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Southwest Dark Plate, North Dark Plate|