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Plants of old fields, open woods; generally open disturbed sites, often on dry, sandy or rocky ground.  Flowers late August through September.  Native.

Perennials.  Typical plant height is from 1.5 to 2.5 feet.  Stems are solitary or clustered from a branched caudex; densely short pubescent throughout.

Inflorescences are located toward the tops of stems, are often taller than broad, and arching.  Their numerous, crowded branches tend to be relatively short and spreading/recurved.  Flower heads are arranged one-sided on branches.

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

Some basal and lower stem leaves may be persistent at flowering.  Stem leaves are oblanceolate, the largest toward stem base, and then becoming progressively smaller upwards.  Tufts of small leaflets are often present in stem leaf axils in more robust plants  Stems, leaves and branches are densely short-pubescent throughout, giving plants a gray-green color.

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Similar species:  Solidago juncea.

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