This is one of the most striking and fascinating of its genus. The large, round, usually single stalk raises its magnificent golden plume anywhere from three to seven feet in height. Neither is there anything mussy or fussy in the makeup of this stately beauty. It is remarkably clean-cut and well-groomed in every detail. The smooth-surfaced and rough-edged olive-green leaves are rather thick and firm-textured, and they alternate on the stalk. You can detect this plant instantly by its leaves, because they are so different from the general run of its kind. The lower leaves are oblong and pointed, and they taper toward the base into margined stems. As they ascend the stalk, they become smaller, and graduate into lance-shaped leaflets, that finally disappear as they mingle with the great floral head. The stalk is often stained with red, and adds much to the general appear- ance of the plant. The flowers are closely set on numerous, ascending, slender, branch-like stems of unequal lengths. These stems are pyramided until they form a compact, but graceful, cone-shaped mass of clear yellow. The protruding stamens of the disc flowers lend a finished touch that is well nigh irresistible in its attractiveness. The showy Golden-rod prospers in rich, well-drained soil near open woods and thickets, where several healthy stalks rise from a small circle about the same clump of roots. It is found locally during September and October from the New England States to Minnesota southward.