Lactarius subpurpureus has a zonate wine-purple to pinkish cap mottled with green from handling. Wine-red attached to subdecurrent gills that turn greenish with age. Cream spores. Latex is scant, wine-red and somewhat peppery. Concolorous stipe has darker wine-colored circular pits called scrobiculations. Can be found under conifers in summer and fall, especially under Eastern White Pine and Hemlock.