||Moderately tall plant, 2 to 4 feet tall. Inflorescence
a terminal cluster with a few branches.
Each branch contains small flower heads with a few central disc
flowers and 3 to 5 radiating ray flowers, all golden yellow.
Basal leaves (often missing) and lowest stem leaves conspicuously larger than the upper leaves, more-or-less spoon-shaped, with long stalks, with big sharp teeth, but toothless near the base.
Blooms in late summer to autumn.
Native plant of dry fields, woods and thickets. In Wildwood
occasional in the woods and fields.
Goldenrods are a difficult group to identify, and there are
many similar species. The large teeth are a good indicator of this species, as is the dry habitat and the few ray flowers. Sharp-leaved goldenrod (S. arguta) is probably most similar of Wildwood's goldenrods, but it has leaves with double teeth and 5-8 ray flowers in each head.