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Ginseng is a small, perennial plant and is found throughout North America and Eastern Asia. It is recognized by its distinctive cluster of bright red berries that sits in the center of several leafy stems.

Ginseng needs well-drained soils and 75% tree canopy cover. They grow best underneath: Black Walnut, Sugar Maple and Tulip Poplar. In the Chinese tradition, the plant is known for its medicinal background and is believed to help cure many modern illnesses.

Because of these properties, it is in high demand, and can be sold for $500-600 per pound. Any legal harvesting of ginseng in Indiana must occur between September 1 through December 31. Humans are not the only ones that like ginseng; deer often will eat the plant if they find it.