It is found across the northern part of North America and across the north part of Indiana. I've only seen it in one place, along a lake edge. I suppose some of the rarity is due to the fact that it grows in a difficult place to get to and therefore is more rarely seen.
It's a striking plant to come across, just walking along a boardwalk in mid-summer and the yellow tufts of flowers jump out a you. The flowers don't stick up over the foliage, but rather hide below it. I guess there are more pollinators hanging around under the foliage that up over it.