Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

American Ginseng

American Ginseng

Panax quinquefolius

Part to full shade, medium moisture level, organically rich soil, moderately acid to neutral pH.  6-18 inches height, blooms in summer, yellowish green flowers.

Germination Code:  E

Native Region:  Statewide

Designated a “Special Concern, Commercially Exploited” plant in Tennessee.  Occurs in cool, damp woodlands.  Produces bright red berries.  Plant has become endangered or in some cases extinct in its original eastern to mid-west North American range due to over harvesting.


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