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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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Harley Kemble Womack
Harley Kemble Womack
24 August 2019 7:06 pm

I’m not sure I have found ginseng…..is there anyway I can send pictures of the plant & you tell me? Please?

Anonymous
Anonymous
29 August 2016 9:47 pm

Most of it looks like small black cohosh and others I don’t think any of that is ginseng

Sara
24 September 2015 4:10 pm

Looks like Polygonum (Solomon Seal) & Sanguinaria (Bloodroot) mostly.

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