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.


About Wild Ozark
Wild Ozark is a nature farm. Mostly we grow rocks. I use those rocks and some of the herbs to make earth pigments and watercolor paints. We also grow native clay that I use for making my Fairy Swing Mushrooms. And then there are the trees. We grow lots of trees. My husband uses some for his woodworking and some for our Burnt Kettle Shagbark Hickory Syrup, but for the most part they stand around creating good air, shade, & habitat for the ginseng nursery.
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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. You can find my art on display and for sale at the Kingston Square Arts shop in Kingston, Arkansas. It's a tiny little town and a bit off the path to anywhere at all, but a wonderful ride out to a most beautiful part of our state. Besides homesteading, growing plants & making arts & crafty things, 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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