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Connecticut Plants
Dwarf Ginseng
Panax trifolius L.

This is not the ginseng used in herbal medicine, though it is closely related.

  • Family: carrot (Apiaceae)
  • Habitat: rich woods
  • Height: 3-8 inches
  • Flower size: 1/8 inch wide, in clusters 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide
  • Flower color: white, turning pale pink with age
  • Flowering time: April to June
  • Origin: native
Panax trifolius L.

The species name, trifolius, means "three leaves," but larger leaves generally have five, rather than three, leaflets. Photographed in early May in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Panax trifolius L.

Photographed in early May in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Panax trifolius L.

Dwarf ginseng often grows in patches. Photographed in early May in Washtenaw County, Michigan.

Panax trifolius L.