Ginseng in mid- to late May

Pictures of Ginseng in May

I took a few pictures today for those of you wondering how the ginseng looks during mid- to late May. I’ll post a link to them over on the Ginseng Habitat Through the Seasons page, too. For those of you who enjoy nature sketching, I have a sketch of ginseng in May over at the nature sketching site.

Right now some of the flower buds are starting to open. Here’s a 4-prong with a few doing that.

A 4-prong ginseng with flowers beginning to open on May 18.
A 4-prong ginseng with flowers beginning to open on May 18.

Here’s the a closer zoom on the flowers. According to the article Ginseng Reproduction at Wild Ginseng Conservation’s website, ginseng is pollinated only by two insects: syrphid flies and halictid bees.

Flowers on a 4-prong American ginseng at Wild Ozark on May 18.
Flowers on a 4-prong American ginseng at Wild Ozark on May 18.

Other ginseng plants in the area still have tightly closed flower buds.

A 3-prong ginseng with flower bud on May 18.
A 3-prong ginseng with flower bud.

More information

If you haven’t found your way around the blog yet, here’s a few links to other pages to do with Ginseng:

At the Wild Ozark store you can find books, articles and a photo-book on DVD.


First Hunt by Ima ErthwitchPredator and Prey, or the hunter and the hunted is a common theme throughout my fiction writing. No Qualms, one of my short stories (free at most retailers) is about about a predator/prey relationship. Symbiosis, my first finished novel, not published yet, deals with predator/prey relationships and the balance of energy among life on earth, sometimes symbolic and often outright. Many of my flash fiction stories (I have twitterfiction and 100-word flash stories) are also dealing with this same dynamic. This is a strong theme that runs through most of my fiction and is strongly influenced by life in the wild Ozarks where we live. My first published novel, First Hunt, also has a predator and prey theme to it. I guess it's just part of my nature.

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Wild Ozark is 160 acres of beautiful wild Ozark mountains. I call what I do "nature farming" because the land produces, all by itself, the shagbark hickory trees, ferns, moss, ground-fall botanicals, and the perfect habitats for growing and stewarding American ginseng. I'm co-creating with Nature - all of the things I use to make the Fairy Gardens and Forest Folk, the bark we harvest for Burnt Kettle's shagbark hickory syrup, are produced by nature without my input. This land is my muse for inspiration when it comes to my writing, drawing, and photography. It's truly a Nature Farm.

About the voice behind this blog, Madison Woods

I'm a creative old soul living way off the beaten path with my husband in the wild Ozark Mountains. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making crafty things and newsletters, I write books and stories. My rural fantasy fiction, written under the pen name, Ima Erthwitch, usually takes place in a much altered Ozarks.


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