Hi, Dr. Hill,
This was grown from seed of a plant found in the Fall Line region, on a slope in full sun along a rural road, sand-clay soil. I took these photos on Sept. 25. I’m hoping it’s distinctive enough to identify it fully, but I’m not sure what markers to look for. I have one other unidentified wand-type Solidago, but the flowers are positioned a little differently along the stem. Thank you in advance.
this is indeed another Solidago, and most likely Solidago erecta. It could also be one of the related species also with a racemose flower cluster, but S. erecta is quite common and widespread.
Steve Hill, Ph.D., botanist, SCNPS