Panax quinquefolius - American Ginseng
This much sought after medicinal plant is a great conversation piece for your shade garden. These must have cool rich soil, moist but well drained. Roots will rot if soil stays wet or damp. Has an insignificant white flower in the spring, which forms into a clump of bright red berries in the fall. These are mature roots 4-5 years old and should produce seed the first year.
Shade, Rich Soil, Spring, 9-18 in Tall, Zones 4-8