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Plant Details

Panax quinquefolius

Ginseng, "Sang"

Scientific Name:

Panax quinquefolius

Common Name:

Ginseng, "Sang"

Plant Family

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

White

Size in Feet:

2

Light:

Shade

Soil Moisture:

Mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

Apr - Jun

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont

Notes:

While ginseng is not an imperiled plant "officially," it is controlled and at the rate it is being dug from the wild it could soon become very rare. Please check the NC Dept of Agriculture link above.

Plant

image

Tom Harville

Taken from above, you see the classic 5 leaflet shape.

Roots on the Plant

image

Martha Baskin

I've heard that the more rings you can see on the root, the older it is and more prized.

Green Berries

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Tom Harville

Ripe Berries

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Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC Dept of Agriculture
Bird-Friendly Native Plants

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