How to Identify Ginseng Plants


Ginseng is an herb that originated in Eastern countries and has been used in Eastern medicine for over 5,000 years. Recently, it was discovered that ginseng is an excellent herb for potentially boosting the immune system and aiding the body in coping with stress. As a result of the recent demand for this herb, many wild-growing varieties are in danger of going extinct. To counter this problem and ensure a healthy supply in the market, American farmers have begun growing the herb commercially.

Step 1

Count the number of leaves. Ginseng plants have five leaves, which has earned them the nickname of five fingers.

Step 2

Look at the berries on the plant. Ginseng produce a small cluster of red berries.

Step 3

If the plant is already unearthed, study the root. A mature ginseng root is in the shape of a human, earning it the nickname of man root.

Step 4

Observe the overall height of the plant. Ginseng grows to be between 8 and 13 inches high.


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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.