Photographer: Dennis W. Woodland
Panax quinquefolius L.
American ginseng, ginseng
Panax: Greek for "all remedy" referring to ancient Chinese belief that the plant was a panacea
quinquefolius: Latin for "five-leaved"
|Status: ||Special Concern|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-24" tall forb; stems solitary; roots long, branching like a human torso|
|Flower: ||white to green, 5-parted; inflorescence a solitary, round umbel from the leaf axils; blooms July|
|Leaf:||single whorl of 3, palmately-divided into usually 5 stalked, toothed leaflet turning yellow in the fall|
|Habitat: ||shade; woods; in rich soil|