American ginseng

(Panax quinquefolius)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

 

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N3N4 - Vulnerable to Apparently Secure

S3 - Vulnerable

Minnesota

Special Concern

Nativity

Native

Occurrence

Rare due to collecting

Habitat

Deciduous woods. Medium to light shade. Rich soil.

Flowering

June to July

     
Flower Color

Greenish-white

     
Height

8 to 24

     

Identification

The leaves are palmately divided into 5 stalked leaflets. The terminal leaflet and two largest lateral leaflets are widest above the middle.

 
Similar
Species

Wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis) leaf segments are pinnately divided. The lateral leaflets are distinctly asymetrical, the inner (toward the terminal segment) leaflets smaller than the outer (toward the petiole) leaflets.


Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 28, 29, 72.


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Taxonomy

Family:

Araliaceae (ginseng)

 

Subfamily:

Aralioideae

 

Tribe:

Aralieae

 

Genus:

Panax

 

Subgenus:

Panax

 

Section:

Panax

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

American ginseng

ginseng

Occidental ginseng

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Exclusively Ginseng!
Kerry Wixted
 
  Exclusively Ginseng!  
     
  Plants in the Habitat of American Ginseng
Madison Woods
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 15, 2015

Here's the first 5 minutes of my book-on-DVD, American Ginseng & Companions. It showcases the plants of the ginseng habitat and follows them through the seasons, beginning in early spring while there's still snow on the ground. It also includes a chapter on the most common look-alikes that confuse new enthusiasts. The whole DVD or USB can be ordered at shop.wildozark.com. Thanks for viewing! Let me know what you thought.

 
     

 

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  American Ginseng Part 1 Spring Plant
EastWoodlandSurvival
 
   
 
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Published on Jul 12, 2014

American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) in the spring time. I will dig it up in the fall and show the root system and talk about the uses and update on prices. Considered endangered in some areas, harvest with discretion. Thanks for watching and I hope to see you in the woods.

Music By: D.Baird, EWSB, C2014

 
     
  American Ginseng Part 2 Fall Plant
EastWoodlandSurvival
 
   
 
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Published on Oct 1, 2014

Foraging for American Ginseng - The Fall Plant. Easier to spot in the fall, the red berries give it away from a distance. As it gets later in the fall, the plant will turn a gold color making it even easier to spot. As with any wild edible/plant/fungus always consult with a local expert before using. Thanks for watching and I hope to see you in the woods.

All Music By: D.Baird (C)2014

 
     
  wild ginseng with red berries (Panax quinquefolius)
wvoutdoorman
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 23, 2012

wild ginseng with red berries (Panax quinquefolius)

 
     
  American ginseng identification video ( Panax quinquefolius)
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Published on Apr 26, 2012

American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius

 
     
  Identifying Ginseng and Goldenseal
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Uploaded on Oct 11, 2011

The Backwoodsman's Institute presents: Identifying Ginseng and Goldenseal. In this video Scott is still hunting for whitetail deer and comes across some ginseng and goldenseal and decides it's an opportune time to make a video on the characteristics of these plants.

 
     

 

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