Ginseng is an herb that has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been used to treat Type II diabetes and sexual dysfunction in men, and it is also considered an aphrodisiac. More recently, ginseng has been added to many energy drinks and herbal teas. Ginseng is popular in Asia, where most species are grown, but some ginseng plants also grow in the wild in the United States.
Most ginseng plants can grow to be between 6 and 28 inches tall. Some species are known to produce taller plants than others.
All species of ginseng plants are green. Small greenish white flowers bloom from the base of the leaves.
Many species of ginseng plants produce a small cluster of berries at the center of the plant.
Most ginseng plants produce five leaflets, but American species typically have three leaflets.
The root of a ginseng plant is often compared to a turnip. It grows from the stem of the plant.