||Moderately tall plant, 2 to 4 feet tall, with a smooth stem. Inflorescence
a terminal cluster made up of horizontal one-sided branches.
Each branch of ther cluster contains small flower heads with a few central disc
flowers and 5 to 8 radiating ray flowers, all golden yellow.
Basal leaves and lowest stem leaves conspicuously larger than the upper leaves. Basal and lowest leaves egg-shaped, pointed, with sharp double teeth. Middle stem leaves with sharp teeth.
Blooms in late summer to autumn.
Native plant of dry open woods. Occasional n Wildwood.
Goldenrods are a difficult group to identify, and there are
many similar species. The double-toothed leaves are a good indicator of this species, as is the dry woodland habitat and. Elm-leaved goldenrod (S. ulmifolia) is probably most similar of Wildwood's goldenrods, but it has spoon-shaped leaves with big teeth and 3-5 ray flowers in each head.