||Medium plant, 1 to 3 feet tall. Flower heads
with a few central disc flowers and a few radiating ray flowers,
all golden yellow. Heads mostly in small clusters arising from
the axils (where the leaves join the stems). Stem is not
straight but changes direction a little at each axil.
Leaves wide, egg-shaped with long sharp teeth and a long pointed
tip, abruptly narrowing to a short stalk. Blooms in
Native plant of rich woods. Very common in
the woods on both slopes of Wildwood.
Goldenrods are a difficult group to identify, and there are
many similar species. This species, however, is fairly
easy to recognize by its broad leaves, zigzag stem, and woodland
habitat. Autumn goldenrod (S. sphacelata) has smaller leaves, only the lower ones of which are toothed, and much more elongated flower clusters.