Hi all, new member. Love the site and am looking forward to adding to some conversations. My 13 year old son and I enjoy hiking, fishing and big game hunting together so it's only fitting we get out and look for some ginseng together. Just another reason to spend time together outdoors!
We're complete newbies and came across some plants over the weekend. I think it may be sarsaparilla, can you guys weigh in please? We're in Pennsylvania.
Sarsaparilla! Ginseng's leaves are palmately . All five leaves come off stem at same point. Where sarsaparilla like your picture, their leaves are pinnately, three leaves coming off stem at same point, and two smaller leaves below.
They will make you do a double take... often have very similar leaf patterns to seng... with big leaves pointing out and small ones pointing in, but in the case of hickory sprout there is some separation between the small leaf sets and the large leaf sets.
With seng the small leaves and large ones all originate at the same point.