The aromatic root of American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) resembles a small parsnip that forks as it matures.

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About Ginseng American

American ginseng is a herbaceous perennial plant in the ivy family, commonly used as Chinese or herbal medicine. An extract is sold as Cold-fX. It is native to eastern North America, though it is also cultivated in places such as China.

The plant grows 6" to 18" tall, usually bearing three leaves, each with three to five leaflets, 2" to 5" long.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Panax quinquefolius
Maximum Reachable Height 0.75 to 1.50 feet
Flower Colour Yellowish-green to greenish-white
Bloom Time June to July
Difficulty Level easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Once the plants have matured, they will produce a cluster of red berries with the seed in the center.
  • Pick these in the fall if you want to harvest the seeds for planting or selling.
  • Keep in mind they will need to be stratified as described under Preparing the Seeds.

    Ginseng American care

    Understand the wild-simulated ginseng growing method. This method mimics the plant s natural environment. While ginseng grown this way typically takes eight years to mature, the end result is much more valuable than field-cultivated ginseng due to its color and shape. You may attempt to alter this process by using artificial shade or tilling the soil, but then you will be growing woods-grown ginseng, which may grow into a different, less valuable shape.

    Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil well-drained soil
    Temperature 50F.
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Ginseng American special feature

    An interesting and increasingly rare native plant for shade areas. Best in herb gardens, native plant gardens, woodland gardens or shade gardens. Generally not grown in borders due to lack of sufficient ornamental interest.

    Ginseng American uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • American ginseng is also used for low iron in the blood (anemia), diabetes, insulin resistance related to HIV treatments, cancer-related fatigue, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping (insomnia), nerve pain, erectile dysfunction (ED), fever, hangover symptoms, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), blood and bleeding disorders, breast cancer, dizziness, headaches, convulsions, fibromyalgia, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), memory loss

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Ginseng American ?

    Ginseng American is commonly known as Panax quinquefolius

    How tall do Ginseng American grow?

    On average Ginseng American grows 0.75 to 1.50 feet

    What color are Ginseng American ?

    A Ginseng American plant bears flowers of color Yellowish-green to greenish-white

    When Ginseng American blooms?

    With enough light, Ginseng American may produce Yellowish-green to greenish-white flowers in June to July

    How hard is Ginseng American to grow?

    A Ginseng American is easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Ginseng American need?

    A Ginseng American prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

    How much water does a Ginseng American need?

    A Ginseng American prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Ginseng American need?

    A Ginseng American prefers well-drained soil

    What temperature does a Ginseng American like?

    A Ginseng American prefers 50F.

    How often should I fertilize my Ginseng American ?

    To encourage Ginseng American growth, Apply any organic fertilizer



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