Grows in wet areas (bogs). Flowers in a tight tall clump at top of stem. Clasping leaves.
Similar species: Houghton's Goldenrod (Solidago houghtonii) - flowers are grouped at the top of the stem and are large. Ohio Goldenrod (Solidago ohioensis) - flowers are grouped at the top of the stem. Stout Goldenrod (Solidago squarrosa) - not in bogs.