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Plants of dry, upland woods, clearings and outcrops.  Flowers from mid-August to mid-September.  Native.

Perennials.  Typical height is from 3 to 5 feet.  Stems are solitary or clustered from a branched caudex or short rhizomes; glabrous  toward the base, becoming short-pubescent upwards and on branches.

Inflorescences tend to be relatively few branched.  Branches are often relatively long, ascending to widely spreading and recurved.  Flower heads are arranged one-sided on branches.  Branch leaflets not usually very large and conspicuous.

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

Basal and lower stem leaves are typically deciduous by flowering.  Mid-stem leaves are lance-ovate, with toothed edges and short, winged petioles.  Upper stem leaves gradually become smaller, and have unoothed edges and no petioles.  At least the larger leaves show a "networked" (reticulate) pattern of veins (alternatively referred to as "feather veined").

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Similar species:  Solidago rugosa and S. arguta.

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