Hi, Dr. Hill,
This plant was photographed on Sept. 12 and the bloom on Oct. 1. It was growing next to the Hypericum nudiflorum you identified recently and was located in a rural Piedmont ravine in moist conditions and full sun. The leaves are quite coarse, the stem and leaves have distinct hairs. Thank you.
another difficult genus, Solidago, the goldenrods. We have almost 40 species in our area! However, yours is not too difficult to identify, and I am calling it Solidago rugosa, the common wrinkle-leaved goldenrod. The leaves are rather distinctive. It is quite widespread in our area. The additional images that you sent, and which do not display here, were very helpful! I do not know how to get the additional images to display on our site.
Steve Hill, Ph.D., Botanist. SCNPS