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Panax quinquifolia (syn. quinquefolius)

American Ginseng

Plant Type:


Panax quinquifolia (syn. P. quinquefolius) – This is American Ginseng, so over-collected that it is hard-to-find in the wild. Not to worry - ours are seed grown. It is an attractive woodlander with palmate leaves usually 5 dark green serrated leaves, often with 3 of the 5 larger than the other 2. Yellow-green spring umbels give way to deep red late season glossy berries. Though generally growing to 6 inches or so some individuals may grow as tall as 18 inches. Fleshy, tuber-like roots can stretch to 8 inches. American Ginseng prefers moist but draining woodland conditions as it was often harvested from slopes. It can be finicky; it is important to situate it in the somewhat narrow cultural range it requires. Allegedly a plant that requires shade we have been surprised how sun tolerant it is. But get it established and you can not only pat yourself on the back but also enjoy this not often seen woodlander for years to come. Seed grown potted plants.


6 in


Yellow Green


(3?)4 to7
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Item Description Price  
PANAXQU Panax quinquifolia (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $12.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Panax quinquifolia (syn. quinquefolius)

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer

Autumn Interest

  • Fruit / Berries / Seed Heads


  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Shade
  • Dappled Shade


  • Natural Garden
  • Bank
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Massing
  • Rock Garden
  • Woodland
  • Medicinal / Herbal

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Fertile
  • Draining
  • Woodland


  • Eastern North America

Propagated By

  • By Seed / Potted
  • Division