American Ginseng

chaman(z7MD)July 8, 2013

Is there any herbal use of leaves, flowers and fresh fruits of American ginseng ?
I am posting the pic. of American Ginseng with flower, seeds and leaves.

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I have never used the leaf myself but after reading this, they will be coming home with the roots during harvest season.In my state there is a harvest season for ginseng and it is illegal to harvest out of season.

Here is a link that might be useful: Ginseng leaf

    Bookmark   July 9, 2013 at 6:47PM
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From what I have read cultivated is not as potent as when grown in the wild.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2013 at 10:44AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

My suggestion, let it go to seed and plant new plants!!


    Bookmark   July 13, 2013 at 3:27PM
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Why is it illegal to harvest out of season? and I am in zone 7 would this do well here? My wife loves ginsing

    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 4:06PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Good question. This plant - a poster child for over harvesting of wild herbs, is not a common sight at all in much of its original native range. I personally have NEVER seen it in the wild. Harvesting **AFTER** it has matured seed will help to ensure that the species has a chance to survive.

This brings up a very good point - do your homework on wild herbs before you harvest even your first leaf. If the herb plant is rare or becoming increasingly so, you can 1.) choose a different less threatened herb, 2.) cultivate your own instead of wild crafting, 3.) use good herbalist stewardship practices and help the plant to thrive even while harvesting what you need for your own purposes.

The Earth and future generations will thank you.


    Bookmark   July 15, 2013 at 6:38PM
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I have read that American ginseng grows wild in the mountains of Tennessee, it establishes colonies that can grow quite large. It is also harvested by local families that claim stewardship to these colonies; THEY GUARD IT JALEOUSLY (meaning, they will shoot anyone caught poaching.) The reason for this being that wild American ginseng is the most highly prized ginseng in the world, selling in Asian countries for prohibitive prices. My suggestion is indeed to grow your own, because there are not many patches that have gone unclaimed.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 8:13AM
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I am very lucky to live on land that is classified as a "Climax Forest". We literally have hundreds of ginseng plants, many of which are four prong giants. We harvest very lightly, replant the seeds when the appear, plant stratified seed and rootlets to keep the ginseng prolific. Needless to say, we are always watching for poaching of these plants as they are worth a lot of money. We only harvest for personal use and a limited run of ginseng tinctures and such every year.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 8:55AM
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Here is one patch

    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 8:59AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


    Bookmark   July 19, 2013 at 9:18PM
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