Tall Goldenrod,  Solidago altissima
Asteraceae or Sunflower Family

Tall plant, 2 to 7 feet tall. Inflorescence of curved, one-side clusters forming a large terminal cluster.  Each cluster contains small flower heads with a few central disc flowers and a few radiating ray flowers, all golden yellow.  Leaves narrow, weakly toothed, with three major veins.  Blooms in late summer to autumn.  The plants persist well into autumn, appearing frosted with white, hairy fruits.

Native plant of open meadows.  In Wildwood very common in the meadows along the bikeway, especially near the Outdoor Classroom and in the northern meadow.

Goldenrods are a difficult group to identify, and there are many similar species.  This species is the most likely one if a tall goldenrod is seen in an open sunny location, but other species may exist in the Park.