NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN GINSENG
NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN GINSENG—Is there more than one kind of ginseng?
There is what is commonly called northern and southern. The northern variety shows the seed head as soon as the plant is out of the ground while the southern variety does not develop the seed head for several weeks after it breaks ground. There are several other points of difference. There is also another variety in the west, mainly Iowa and Minnesota, that grows long and very slim and is a separate variety. Still another kind of radical difference is the one growing small and round like an onion. This is a true ginseng but valueless for export, and does not do well in very cold climate. We have not given botanical names as we think they are of use only to the scientific and of little use to us common folk.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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