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Photo of red American ginseng berry cluster

American Ginseng Berries

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.

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Photo of American ginseng in bloom

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.

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Photo of American ginseng plant on forest floor

American Ginseng in Forest

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.

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Photo of ginseng plant with hand for scale

American Ginseng Leaves

Leaves occur in a whorl at the top of the stem, and each leaf is palmately compound, with 3 to 5 leaflets.

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Photo of American ginseng plant with ripe berries

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.

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Photo of American lotus, young floating circular leaf

American Lotus (Floating Leaf)

American lotus is an aquatic plant that can cover large areas. The leaves are blue green, circular, without a V-shaped notch, extremely variable in size, to 2 feet wide, and can shed water. The stem is attached in the center. They are normally held above the water level on long stems, though young leaves float.

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