Beginning in late July, we see these pop up in the woods. They're taller than black eyed Susans and they have a yellow center instead of a brown one. They're long and loose and lanky and love the woods. They are definitely a moist shade loving plant.
They are the Small Wood Sunflower. It is indeed ironic that a shade plant would be called sunflower, but there you have it. They are Helianthus microcephalus.