GINSENG—WHERE FOUND—Please give me a description of the wild ginseng plant so that I could recognize it when I find it in the woods.
Ginseng is found in the hard wood forests from Maine to Minnesota to Georgia and Arkansas. It has a single stem and grows from 8 to 15 inches in height. The stem has three or four branches and each branch has five leaves. The leaves are pointed and narrowest at the stem end, the three end leaves being largest. In July and August it bears a cluster of greenish yellow flowers on a stem rising from the center. Later, these blossoms give place to bright crimson berries. The root is about the size of a man’s finger, or smaller, having small branches and marked with grooves or wrinkles around the root from end to end.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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