Conserving American Ginseng

Foraging wild American ginseng has long been a traditional rural money-making hobby, but now, overharvesting threatens the plant’s survival.

This is a mature, three-prong, ginseng plant found in the wild. This plant was photographed in early August, and the berry has yet to turn red. Ginseng can experience insect damage on the leaf.
Photo by Jessica B. Turner