January 2009
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Ginseng, a perennial herb of eastern Asia and North America. Ginseng has an upright, unbranched stem about two feet (60 cm) high with three leaves at the top, each composed of five thin, pointed leaflets. Its small umbels (clusters) of flowers are whitish green. Its berrylike fruits, borne in clusters, are bright red when ripe. The plant's spindle-shaped, forked roots are four to nine inches (10 to 23 cm) long.


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