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American Germander (Flowers)

Photo of American germander flowers
American germander flowers are lavender or pink and densely spaced. The corolla has an unusual configuration; it seems to have no upper lip, since those 2 lobes are pointed upward like horns, while the lower lip is much larger and more complicated, with 2 rounded side lobes and a large, cupped, bottom lobe; 4 stamens protrude noticeably, with reddish-brown anthers. More

American Germander (Plants)

Photo of American germander plants
American germander is a colony-forming perennial with a 4-sided, hairy stem that is rarely branched. It occurs statewide in fields, prairies, low woods, streamsides, roadsides, railroads, and other disturbed sites, usually in moist soil. More

American Ginseng Berries

Photo of red American ginseng berry cluster
Unlimited harvests have made ginseng decline or disappear in many places. The ginseng trade is regulated internationally and under the Missouri Wildlife Code, with an official collecting season (usually Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, when fruits are on the plants). Diggers can help by squeezing the seeds from fruits into the hole left after the root is excavated. More

American Ginseng in Bloom

Photo of American ginseng in bloom
Small, insignificant greenish white flowers emerge in May-July on a stalk emerging from the base of the whorl of leaves. More

American Ginseng in Forest

Photo of American ginseng plant on forest floor
American ginseng grows in hardwood forests on shady, well-drained, north- and east-facing slopes in predominantly porous, humus-rich soils, and often in ravines. More

American Ginseng Leaves

Photo of ginseng plant with hand for scale
Leaves occur in a whorl at the top of the stem, and each leaf is palmately compound, with 3 to 5 leaflets. More

American Ginseng Plant with Ripe Berries

Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries
Long valued as a medicinal plant, ginseng is an annual crop in the United States and Canada valued in excess of $25 million, but overzealous collection is causing serious concern about the survival of American ginseng in the forest ecosystem. More