Synonym:  Solidago elliottii  Torr. & A.Gray

              

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Perennials.  Colony-forming from creeping rhizomes.  Stems are glabrous toward the base, but become short pubescent closer to the branches.  Typical height is 3 to 6 ft. (9 to 18 dm).

The overall inflorescence is compact, confined to the summit of the stem, often "pyramidal" in shape.  Branches are relatively short, crowded, spreading, and sometimes recurved. 

Flower heads are radiate, arranged one-sided on branches.  Ray and disc floret corollas are yellow.  All florets are fertile.

Basal and lowermost stem leaves are usually withered by flowering.  Stem leaves are ovate-elliptic, glabrous, minutely toothed or entire, lacking petioles or borne on very short petioles.

Plants of fresh or salt-water swamps or damp thickets; distributed mostly in the coastal plain surrounding Long Island Sound or on Cape Cod.  Flowers early September to early October.  Native

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Similar species:  Solidago rugosa var. sphagnophilla

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