Solidago puberula is a perennial herb, 20-100 cm tall, plant minutely sticky-hairy, especially upper parts, stems often purplish.
Leaves alternate basal leaves 5-15 cm long, 1-3.5 cm wide, often widest above middle, tip blunt to pointed, margin toothed.
Flowers orange-yellow, of two types, rays 9-16, disk flowers 10-18; bracteate base of head 0.3-0.5 cm long, bracts linear, in several rows, inflorescence leafy, often unbranched, clusters of flowers in axils of small leaves, July-Oct. FACU-.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Dry sandy or peaty, sterile, acid soils, rocky barrens.