Struggling to identify ginseng in the wild? Learn the difference between ginseng and the notorious ginseng look alikes with this guide.
Excerpt from the book:
GINSENG IS NOTORIOUSLY HARD to spot in the wild. I still have a little trouble finding the first plant each season, even if I know there’s one there because I planted it myself. But after spotting the first one, finding more is easier.
For those new to finding this plant there are a few plants that do a really good job of tricking the seeker into thinking they’re finders. They’re called the ginseng look alikes.
Take heart, though. Once you become adept at telling the difference between ginseng (Panax Quinquefolius) and the other plants that look like it, you’ll rarely make the mistake again. Eventually you’ll wonder how you ever confused them with ginseng in the first place.
Images and description
The following images and plant descriptions are of the most common look-alikes. There are other plants that some people find confusing, but this is the one I am most often asked about.
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