Hi, Dr. Hill,
This plant was growing in the Piedmont, along a rural dirt road within a pine forest, full sun with afternoon shade. I took the pictures Aug. 23-Sept. 2. I presume it’s a Solidago and I’m hoping it’s distinctive enough to identify because of its tall, graceful, sparsely-flowered growth.
I am unable to identify this at this time. I have only seen the one picture associated with this post, and would need to see more to get a better idea. The heads do seem to be in a branched secund panicle, and there appear to be only a very few flowers per head, which will eliminate quite a few species. I would need to see the entire flower cluster and leaf closeups to do better.
Steven Hill, Ph.D., Botanist, SCNPS