Hardy Geranium, Dwarf Cranesbill 'Orkney Cherry'


Family: Geraniaceae (jer-ay-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Geranium (jer-AY-nee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Orkney Cherry
Additional cultivar information:(PP18263; aka Bremerry)
Hybridized by Bremner
Registered or introduced: 2006
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jose, California

Brookfield, Connecticut

Conover, North Carolina

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

Falls Church, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 17, 2014, Igrowinpa from Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Orkney Cherry is a wonderful plant but unfortunately I lost mine during the winter of 2014. It was colder and snowier than it had been here for years, maybe even a decade or two.

This hardy geranium has beautiful colored leaves amd a nice petite size just perfect for the front of the border. My plant bloomed from May til frost. What's not to love? I just wish it had been a bit hardier.

I hope to find another one to replace it. I looked last year but it was not available at all locally, and also seems hard to find on line.

I was very surprised when mine did not come back last spring because the plant was 3 years old and well established. But, I'm planning on trying Orkney Cherry again.



On Oct 22, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Said to bloom from May till September, with bloom increasing throughout the season.

This is a complex hybrid that combines the small bronze foliage and compact habit of G. x antipodeum (G. sessiliflorum x G. traversii) with the greater hardiness and heat tolerance of G. x oxonianum (G. endressii x G.

Forms a clump 10" tall and to 24" wide.

Prefers well-drained soil with neutral to alkaline pH. Excellent/sharp drainage will help with winter survival.

A few gardeners have claimed success with this plant in Z4 (Ontario, Iowa).

Produces mostly nonviable seed.

Bred in the Orkney Islands off Scotland by that prolific breeder of hardy geraniums, Alan Bremner.


On Jun 16, 2013, Aphthona from Fargo, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Planted 2012 in Fargo, ND. Did not survive the winter.


On Feb 14, 2012, HamptonsGardener from East Hampton, NY wrote:

Planted this last summer. Blooms periodically all summer in East Hampton, NY. Not a lot of blooms, but mine is in partial shade. Needs cutting back when it gets leggy. Will report back after this spring on its development.


On Jun 20, 2008, ifonly from Brookfield, CT wrote:

Just planted this summer, so haven't been thru winter yet....

BUT - this is the prettiest little thing. Leaves are quite smaller than my other geraniums - each is only an inch across. They are a deep bronze, making flowers pop.

Three plants have only been in the ground a couple of weeks and it looks as if each is 1 1/2 times as wide as when planted.

Love this plant.


On Dec 11, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A new bronze foliage geranium wiht bright pink flowers. Blooms continuously from June-September.