Wild root is going for about $500.00 to $600.00 a pound. DCNR does regulate it and they state what is considered harvestable root which is a 3 pronged plant with5 leaves on each prong. Also, the seeds have to be dispersed and planted in the same general area where the root was harvested.Valkyrie said:Wow. I didnt know what it looke dlike. I saw a pile of that stuff just this weekend touching up some deer stands. In fcat, on my property, there is a lot of that, I always thought it was just some weeds that grow in the woods. What is this stuff worth?
That would be what 'sengers call "fool's seng".John S said:Be advised, wild sarsprilla looks a lot like sang and there is a lot more of it.
Yes, it's amazing to walk through the woods and see lots of ginseng looking leaves but 90% of the time it" not sang. I read a couple of posts from guys saying they found lots of it by a swampy area. Chances are they didn't find ginseng. Ginseng prefers loamy soil on hardwood groves and ridges. I'll find some by grapevines because the birds eat the seeds and "plant" them where they roost.Strut10 said:That would be what 'sengers call "fool's seng".John S said:Be advised, wild sarsprilla looks a lot like sang and there is a lot more of it.
It's really pretty easy to tell the difference between fool's and real.
Fool's doesn't get a central berry pod.
Fool's generally stands twice as tall as the real thing.
Fool's has 5 leaves per stem and ginseng has 5 leaves per stem. But ginseng's leaves all radiate from the end of the stem where Fool's only radiates 3 leaves from the end and 2 from a bit farther down the stem.
Hickory sprouts, Virginia creeper, some of the cinquefoils and even some young briar shoots can give the appearance of ginseng to a novice. But see the real thing just once and it becomes pretty apparent pretty quickly.