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PlantFiles: Ginseng
Panax quinquefolius

Family: Araliaceae
Genus: Panax (PAN-aks) (Info)
Species: quinquefolius (kwin-kway-FOH-lee-us) (Info)

Synonym:Aralia quinquefolia
Synonym:Panax americanus

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dianne99 On Jun 28, 2010, dianne99 from Brookville, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

endangered in the wild. see for growing info and source--it will grow in your yard and is valuable!

Neutral enya_34 On Aug 29, 2006, enya_34 from Madison, WI wrote:

Must have been seeded by birds. Has attractive red berries toward the end of summer.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sandoval, Illinois
Ashland, Kentucky
Lewisburg, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Morehead, Kentucky
Talbert, Kentucky
Lonaconing, Maryland
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Saint Louis, Missouri
Plainfield, New Jersey
Glouster, Ohio
Chapmansboro, Tennessee
Crossville, Tennessee
Mc Minnville, Tennessee
Morrison, Tennessee
Newport, Tennessee
Viola, Tennessee
Leesburg, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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