yep! bottom line, ya just gotta go look. Finding out what it likes is critical. N/NW/NE welldrained slopes. Likes secondary light. Companion plants are cohosh, goldenseal, and a number of others I cannot say at the moment. all leaf stems off one point. False ssng (sasparilla)_looks much like it but the leaf stems are not off one point.
About 10 years ago or so now I was out looking for ginseng and I knew of an area that had a few. Whether I dig any root or not the ripe seeds I see are planted around the area. I did take one of these seeds home and planted it under my deck and it grew! This plant produces seeds year after year and I have been planting the seeds in the woods next to the house with some of the plants growing now.