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Plants of rich mesic woods, clearings or shaded roadsides.  Flowers mid-August to mid-October.  Native.

Perennials.  Typical height is from 2 to 3 feet.  Colony-forming from short rhizomes or a woody caudexStems are often bent at the nodes within the inflorescence, and are glabrous to sparsely pubescent toward the base, but become more densely pubescent within the inflorescence.

The inflorescence is typically tall and narrow (wand-like), consisting of numerous very short branchlets growing from leaf axils, each  bearing a small number of flower heads that are not arranged one-sided.  All but the uppermost clusters of flower heads are subtended by ovate/round, conspicuously-toothed bracts that are longer than the clusters they subtend.

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

Basal and lower stem leaves are ovate/round, conspicuously toothed, borne on long, winged petioles, and may be present at flowering.  Mid-stem leaves are similar, with shorter winged petioles.

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Similar species:  Solidago caesia.

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