This very slender, curving, leafy and smooth-stemmed species is characterized by the bluish or purple bloom of its stalk, which grows from one to three feet high. The thin-textured, oblong or lance-shaped, feathery-veined leaves taper toward either end, and are sharply pointed. The margins are sharply toothed, and the midrib is distinct. They are arranged alternately upon the stalk, and at short intervals. The yellow flowers are wreathed in pretty clusters all along the stalks in the axils of the leaves. Like most of its kind, this species has a top-heavy appearance, a peculiarity which often causes the stem to curve gracefully under its golden weight. It is found commonly during August, September and October, in and about moist, shaded woods and thickets of a deciduous nature, from Manitoba and Ontario to Minnesota, Florida, Alabama and Texas. The Blue-stemmed Golden-rod is probably the latest blooming species of the year.