Panax quinquefolius
[American Ginseng]

Size (ships bareroot) - Bulb or rootlet

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Height Light
12 - 18 in. Shade Spring White 4 - 8

Panax quinquefolius, commonly called American ginseng, is native to but now rare in  the east and east-central US where it most frequently occurs on north-facing wooded slopes. It is an erect perennial growing to 10-15" tall. Each plant has three long-stalked, horse-chestnut-like, compound leaves. Flowers are mildly fragrant but not particularly showy. Each flower umbel gives way to a cluster of red berries. Roots are thick, aromatic and swollen in the middle. We ship 2 year roots.


American ginseng can be grown in a woodsy locations with rich, loomy soil and moderate moisture and mostly shade (80% idea). It is partial to high calcium level in the soil that is best achieved with the addition of gypsum since it will not raise the PH - ginseng want a slightly acidic soil. Deer will browse on ginseng. Our ginseng is nursery grown and not collected from the wild.

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