2018 Perennial plant of the year

Every year out friends at the CHS choose a perennial plant of the year. We know many of you are looking for great plants for your Calgary garden, so we are always happy to share this with you and we make sure we have plenty on hand. If you are looking for the CHS Perennial Plant of the year, just pop into the greenhouse and you’ll be able to spot them in the perennials area. As always if you need a hand just ask our qualified greenhouse staff!





Gentiana acaulis

Trumpet gentian


Trumpet gentian forms a low slow-spreading carpet of pointed green leaves bearing spectacular large up-facing blue flowers. Performs best in a rock garden where the roots can stay cool and moist. Can be a challenge to grow in Calgary.


Height: 10 - 15 cm (4 - 6 in)

Spread: 20 - 30 cm (8 - 12 in)

Exposure: Full sun Part shade

Colour: Deep blue

Bloom Time: Late Spring Spring

Zone: 2A

Plant Type: Perennial

Soil Moisture: Average Moist

Fragrance: None

Plant Uses: Alpine and rock


Edging Rabbit resistant


Photo Credit: Joanne Savard - Gentiana acaulis


Other: Trumpet gentian grows best in rich, acidic, consistently moist soil. Protect from hot afternoon sun.





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