Hairy goldenrod tends to show up in woods, in spots where it gets some occasional sun. In my experience, woodland goldenrods tend towards larger flower heads and smaller plants. Don't know why that would be. It seems like the usual masses of small golden flowers would attract their helpers wherever they go. Hairy goldenrod grows in AL, AR, CT, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD(X), ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE, QC, and SK. Grand Traverse Co MI, 9/17/13.