Eutrochium maculatum L.
Family: Asteraceae
spotted Joe-Pye-weed
Eutrochium maculatum image
Joshua J. Nemec  
Etymology: Eupatorium: from Greek name Mithridates Eupator, King of Pontus about 115BC who is said to have discovered an antidote to a commonly used poison in one of the species
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'-7' tall forb; stems spotted or evenly purplish
Leaves: sharply toothed, mostly in whorls of 4-5 leaf drawing
Flowers: head with 9-22 pink to purple disk flowers; inflorescence a 7", usually flat-topped, branched cluster; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: dry seed on fluffy pappus
Habitat: full sun; wet to moist; meadows, marshes, shores; in sandy, loamy, limy soil
Conservation Status: Native