I have tried to research this Joe Pye Weed, which I first thought was a Milkweed due to how the buds cluster in a ball and are whitish. However, there are no serrated edged Milkweeds.
This is the Joe Pye Weed in question:
Right now, July 20 in zone 5a the above plant buds are starting to turn pink but still staying in that ball cluster. It is very tall like Milkweed. Its like the 2 plants came together.
Below is the Spotted Joe Pye Weed buds. They are in full bloom as of this date. Their bud cluster is completely different. However both have the same leaves and the dark red stems.
So folks what do I have here?