This species of Goldenrod grows in meadows, at the edges of alder thickets, and along roadsides. The stems are 1-3' and have numerous lance-shaped leaves growing along the stem. The elongated leaves are pointed at the tips and have serrated margins. Its flowers are small, numerous, and clustered on the upper portion of the stem.
The genus solidago comes from the Latin solidus (whole) and ago (to make) and refers to another medicinal plant in the same genus.