Solidago odora Aiton
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.
Species Description - Stems 6–16 dm from a short, stout caudex, rough-puberulent in the infl and in lines decurrent from at least the upper lf-bases; lvs chiefly cauline, sessile, entire, glabrous except for the scabrous margins, finely translucent-punctate, anise-scented when bruised (rarely inodorous), not prominently veined, the main ones 4–11 × 0.5–1.5(–2) cm, 5–15 times as long as wide; infl paniculiform, with recurved-secund branches; invol 3.5–5 mm, its bracts slender, acute, yellowish; rays 3–5(6), fairly showy; disk-fls 3–5; achenes short-hairy or subglabrous; 2n=18. Dry, open woods, especially in sandy soil; Mass., N.H., and Vt. to s. O. and s. Mo., s. to Fla. and Tex. Ours is var. odora.