New England Aster 'Ann Leys' is cultivar with no-petaled flowers that remind fluffed balls, 3' tall x 2' wide. Unusual flowering form, this cultivar doesn't attract pollinators.
The “legs” of New England Asters always loose leaves, so the best is to plant them at the back of flower bed, so medium tall plants can cower bare stems. It can become floppy, especially with too much moisture, so you can plant other taller perennials for stalk support or provide “Chelsey chop” (cutting back 1/3 to ½ of the stems at the end of May/beg. June - plants will get shorter, bloom even more, with slightly smaller flowers and slightly later than usual). Long-living perennial.
It can be used in cottage gardens, sunny borders, prairies, medium moist meadows, butterfly gardens, pollinator gardens, rain gardens or for naturalization. It look good with Aster ericoides, Asclepias (incarnata or sullivantii), Baptisia, Helenium, Rudbeckia (fulgida, maxima, subtomentosa), Monarda (fistulosa, didyma, x hybrida),Liatris, Silphium or grasses like Andropogon gerardii, Panicum virgatum, Sorghastrum.
Blooming time : August - September/October
USDA zones : 4 to 9
Culture: sun, half sun, half shade, average soil, loam, clay soil
Moisture Needs : medium-wet, medium-moist, medium-dry, tolerates droughts
Origin: Botanical wild form is native wildflower and perennial to most of the states of USA except Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Texas and Florida.
Deer/rabbit resistant : yes/yes
Attracts Hummingbirds : no
Pot Size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot