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Plants of woods, open woods or shaded roadsides, mesic or dry. Flowers through September into mid-October.  Native..

Perennials.  Typical height is from 2.5 to 3.5 feet.  Colony-forming from woody rhizomes.  Stems are glaucous and largely glabrous

The inflorescence is often narrow (wand-like), unbranched and arching, or sometimes with a few, widely spreading longer branches.  Flower heads are distributed on short branchlets growing from leaf axils, and are arranged one-sided (but appearing not one-sided when branchlets are extemely short).  Most flowering branchlets are shorter than their subtending, lanceolate bracts.

Flower heads are radiate.  Ray and disc floret corollas are bright yellow.

Basal and lowermost stem leaves are deciduous by flowering.  Mid-stem leaves are lanceolate and sessile.

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Similar species:  Solidago flexicaulis.

 

 

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