Is it Ginseng Root, Tree Root, or what?

Do you know what kind of roots these are?

The other day I got an email asking for some identification help.

From the photos, I do not believe it’s ginseng, but I can’t tell what it is. Some of them look like iris, bloodroot and goldenseal and maybe a tree root thrown in.

However, the reader wonders if perhaps the ginseng looks different in PA than it does in AR.

Since I’ve never personally seen ginseng from PA, she wanted to ask the community. I agreed. I hope some of you out there will help us out.

So, dear blog readers and ginseng enthusiasts… and especially those in Pennsylvania –

Is this ginseng? If not, do you recognize what it is?

Is it ginseng? Photo 1 of mystery roots.
Is it ginseng? (Both photos copyright 2015 L.A.)
Is it ginseng? Photo 2 of mystery roots.
Is it ginseng? Photo 2 of mystery roots.

 

 

 

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5 Replies to “Is it Ginseng Root, Tree Root, or what?”

    1. Thanks, Sara. Do any of them look like ginseng to you? I had forgotten about Solomon’s seal and the circular scars when I first saw the photos, but after looking at some others online they do look like the one she’s holding in the top pic.

  1. I dug up some cohosh and solomon’s seal since this post and it to me looks mostly like solomon’s seal. Whatever it is, definitely not ginseng. The person who sent the photo to me just wanted some second or third opinions and I’m always happy to do that sort of thing for folks 🙂 Thanks for your input too!

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