With Virginia’s ginseng harvest season underway, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reminds residents about regulations that are created to protect the plant. While growing wild in Virginia’s forests the plant is listed as a threatened species under the state’s Endangered Plant and Insect Species Act.
Ginseng collection is prohibited on most public lands in Virginia. On those public lands that do allow harvesting, harvesters are required to obtain a permit. On privately owned property, harvesters must obtain permission from property owner. The ginseng harvest season which began on September 1st will end on December 31, 2019.
Ginseng plants younger than five years old cannot be harvested. Anyone harvesting wild ginseng must plant the seeds of the harvested plant at the harvest site at the same time of the harvest.