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Wild Ozark Ginseng Habitat Nursery

Ozark Native Plants

Ethically Propagated

2022 update: I won’t be able to fill any orders this fall because a late hail storm earlier this year killed back almost all of my seedlings. Usually, though, I sell potted first and second year seedlings in spring for local pickup only. Then in fall, usually October, I start shipping out bare root first and second year seedlings for mail orders. Mail orders usually are placed from May through July to make sure the order is reserved, but if there are any available I take mail orders anytime until late September.

Ginseng Seedling Prices

  • $5 1rst year potted seedlings
  • $7 2nd year potted seedlings
  • $3 1rst year bare root
  • $5 2nd year bare root
  • Plants 3 yrs and older are $5/year and are intended as specimen plants, limited quantity

Bulk orders

For bare root orders in quantities over 100 (seedlings), take 30% off the total. (I will not have enough seedlings to fill any large orders until 2024). We’re a very small nursery and I usually only fill small orders. If you know you would like the higher quantity, if let me know now and I will make sure to plant enough seedlings to cover it so that there are plenty enough for a fall shipment in 2023. That is, barring any repeat of the hail storm we had this year. That was an unusual event I hope never happens again.

Companion Plants

I keep a few potted companion plants on hand, and propagate others as I find them in seed or ready for root divisions. If there’s something you know you’d like to have as a specimen in your habitat, let me know and I’ll get to work propagating if I don’t already have it.

Some of these plants, except those that are easy to divide, take as long as ginseng does to grow from seeds. So it’s not a quick process. I will NOT just go out and dig up a plant to sell it to you. But I do take cuttings, root divisions, and seeds to start mother plants in my own habitat so I can later divide and sell more of them.

Prices vary on the companion plants. Email me () if you’d like to be on my list for nursery inventory and prices. I’ll send that out in late May once I’ve seen what has returned and what has not.

Propagation Timelines

Some of them are quick and easy to start by divisions and can be ordered in spring and be ready to ship by fall:

  • wild ginger
  • bloodroot
  • goldenseal
  • wild hydrangea

These take longer to recover after division and so need a year in advance if I don’t have them on hand:

  • Christmas fern
  • maidenhair fern
  • black cohosh
  • blue cohosh
  • doll’s eyes
  • American spikenard
  • PawPaw

All of them will take two years if propagating by seeds.

And none of that timeline matters if we get another hailstorm like the one we got this year. It killed back nearly everything. Hopefully most of the plants will reappear in spring next year and all won’t be lost. They should come back.

Wild Ozark™ Nursery specializes in American ginseng and companion plants for ginseng habitat restoration. We encourage everyone to learn how to be good stewards of this plant and the habitat it needs. Please visit my friend’s website WildAmericanGinseng.org for an excellent collaborated resource on American ginseng from some of the best experts in our country.

Location

Madison county, Arkansas. Most plants can be shipped bare root in fall. Plants in pots are available for pick up May through August. We’re six miles down a dirt road off of Hwy 74 near Kingston, AR. Address and directions are given after appointments are made.

Find out More

We make deliveries to the Kingston town square for orders over $75, or you can drive out to nursery by appointment. Email for more information to

Seed storing tip: I have learned that you can’t keep the ginseng seeds in the refrigerator so long or else they will go dormant. It’s best to keep them in layers of sand outside in a cool and sheltered place if you can’t plant them right away. The seeds I have aren’t dead, they just might not sprout this year. (Thanks to Dennis at Ozark Mountain Ginseng for this information!) Next year they should all sprout on schedule. I’ll have some seedlings to sell at market this year, just not so many as I’d planned for.

UPDATE: A hail storm in late spring devastated the nursery and pretty much put an end to this year’s sales.

Here’s what I will HOPEFULLY have on hand for spring potted plants 2023. These have to be picked up at the nursery. In fall, if there’s any left, or if you pay to reserve them now, I will be able to ship them bare root (US addresses only, except California). Many of these plants require more than one year to germinate seeds and we’re a very small operation. If you know you’d like something, let me know in advance and I’ll make a point to start your divisions or seeds this year.

  • American ginseng seedlings
  • Bloodroot
  • Goldenseal
  • Giant Solomon’s Seal
  • Spikenard seedlings in pots
  • Spicebush
  • PawPaw saplings
  • Doll’s Eyes
  • Black Cohosh
  • Blue Cohosh
  • All-heal (Prunella vulgaris)
  • Wild Hydrangea
  • Grape/Rattlesnake fern
  • Maidenhair ferns
  • Thimbleweed
  • Green Dragon
  • Jack-in-the-Pulpit
  • Echinacea
  • Beebalm
  • Sessile-leaf Bellwort
  • Witch hazel
  • Dogwood
  • Redbud
  • Crested iris
  • Toothwort
  • Wild ginger
  • Maidenhair fern
  • Christmas fern
  • Woodland fern
  • Trillium
  • Virginia snakeroot

I’ll update this list with quantities as I see what survives the winter. On-site pickups from May 15- August15 2023. Shipping will not be available until September 2023.

Where do we get the plants?

All of our plants are propagated from plants at Wild Ozark (root divisions or seeds) or from purchased seeds (it is illegal to harvest wild ginseng seeds for propagation). Those plants that live here and make viable seeds are propagated by seeds, and we always leave seeds/berries on the plants so the natural colony can reseed. Some plants, like goldenseal, black and blue cohosh, wild ginger, and bloodroot, do exceptionally well with divisions. We would never threaten the survival of any of our plants by over harvesting for the sake of selling plants. Because of this, and because this is a one-woman, one man operation, our supplies will be limited.

American ginseng painting by Madison Woods using wild Ozark pigments.
American ginseng painting by Madison Woods using wild Ozark pigments. Painting and prints are available.

2 thoughts on “Wild Ozark Ginseng Habitat Nursery”

  1. I’m retired and not in the best of shape but I like going out in the woods but I haven’t been ginseng hunting in 30+ years, but my income is making me go hunting this year, here where I live back in the 70-80s it was just 35 dollar’s a pound green now that it’s up I honestly have to take my chances of going out hunting I just hope my health doesn’t let me down I’ll be going out myself and I don’t like the idea but I have to this year,two more weeks and I’m out there wish me luck 🤞

    1. Best wishes for a successful and safe hunt this year, John. I think the economy might drive others to do the same. Remember to leave enough behind so if you need to do this again, there will be more in the future. Let me know how it went.

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