Jun. 27, 2019

ginseng, Panax quinquefolius

Is this what all the fuss is about?! Ginseng sure has made a spot for itself in herbal medicine. But clearly not with its flowers. I visited with it yesterday to see if there was a more inspiring image. Nope. It's still just a ball of little green flowers. They don't even impress with numbers - only a few open at any time. We can't get a shot of the business part of the operation, because that's the root. The older carrot-like tubers grow two leg-like divisions. This was imagined to mean that ginseng was good for what ails two-legged animals like us. The concoctions are now popular pretty much everywhere, taken for colds or what generally ails you. There's no evidence that the effects are other than psychological, but that doesn't keep the herbalists from paying hundreds for a pound of root. Ginseng grows in forests in AL, AR, CT(S), DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA(S), MD, ME(E), MI(T), MN, MO, MS, NC(S), NH(T), NJ, NY(V), OH, OK, PA(V), RI(E), SC, TN(S), VA, VT, WI, WV, ON(E), and QC(T).