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Plant description:

Ginseng is a perennial herb with a sturdy taproot system. The plant generally dies back in autumn and emerges again in the spring. The leaves are palmately compound with 3–5 leaflets, which may be entire, toothed, or lobed, depending on the species. The flower is a solitary umbel with both bisexual and male flowers and, the fruit is a drupe.

Family: Araliaceae

 

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Botanical name

Panax ginseng

Common name(s)

Ginseng

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Origin

Foliage

The leaves are palmately compound with 3–5 leaflets, which may be entire, toothed, or lobed, depending on the species.

Planting Instructions

Sow in early spring after the last frost. The seeds should be planted about 5mm to 20mm deep and approximately 5cm apart. Protect seedlings from frost in the first year.

Soil conditions

Ginseng grows in loamy, clay or sandy soil.

Uses

Ginseng has been used for improving overall health. It has also been used to strengthen the immune system and help fight off stress and disease.

Panax ginseng is also used to make soaps, cosmetics, and as a flavouring in beverages.

Propagation

Propagated from seed. You can't create a new plant from cuttings or root division.

Plant Care

Fruit

The fruit is a drupe.

Flowers

The flower is a solitary umbel with both bisexual and male flowers.

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