Found in wet low ground often in large colonies. Spotted Joe-Pye-Weed is similar to Sweet Joe-Pye-Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) but has dark purple stems or purple spots on green stems without the whiteish look of the sweet variety. Flower clusters are more flat topped than the sweet's domed look. Sweet Joe-Pye-weed usually has 3 or 4 leaves in whorls while Spotted Joe-Pye-Weed has 4 or 5.
Found: open wet thickets, field, roadside ditches, meadows
Light: Full sun - Partial shade
Height: 2 - 7 feet
July - Sept bloom time
note: the red stem and 5 leaves in a whorl