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Plants of wet meadows, roadside ditches, thickets, swamps and pond shores.  Flowers mid-August to mid-September.  Native.

Perennials.  Typical height is from 4 to 5 feet.  Stems are solitary or clustered from a short caudex or elongate rhizomes; glabrous toward the base, becoming pubescent within the inflorescence; angular in cross-section (i.e., not round in cross-section).

Inflorescences are open, relatively few branched, located at the tops of the stems.  Branches are spreading to ascending.  Flower heads are arranged one-sided on branches.

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

Basal and lower stem leaves are ovate, borne on long, winged petioles, rough and sandpapery; often persistent at flowering.  Mid- to upper stem leaves are ovate, on short, winged petioles; becoming progressively smaller upwards.

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Similar species: Solidago arguta.

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