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

Perennial.  Stems are 1 or more, clustered from a branched caudex; densely covered with very short spreading hairs.  Typical height is 2 to 3 feet.

Inflorescences are located toward the tops of stems; often taller than broad, not arching.  Branches are numerous, short, crowded, ascending.  Flower heads are not arranged one-sided on branches.

Flower heads are radiate.  Ray florets are pistillate and fertile.  Disc  florets are bisexual and fertile; bright yellow.  Involucral bracts are coverd with very short, spreading hairs.

Some basal and lower stem leaves may be persistent at flowering; they are oblanceolate, obovate or spatulate, with toothed margins.  Stem leaves are oblanceolate, the largest toward stem base, and then becoming progressively smaller upwards; short pubescent

Similar species:  Solidago nemoralis and Solidago speciosa.

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