Dwarf Ginseng or Ground Nut

Panax trifolius, common name Dwarf Ginseng

Sorry these aren’t the Best photos.  But notice “compound leaves, and small flowers in umbels or head-like clusters. Flowers of dwarf ginseng are tiny (about two millimeters wide), dull white umbels rising from a whorl of three compound leaves. In botanical Latin trifolius means “three leaves”. It flowers from April to June followed by yellowish, clustered berries in July to August. The plant reaches 10 to 20 centimeters in height (4 to 8 inches).”

http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/panax_trifolius.shtml

“American Indians used tea of the whole plant for colic, indigestion, gout, hepatitis, hives, rheumatism, and tuberculosis. The root was chewed for headaches, shortness of breath, fainting, and nervous debility. Its distinctive tubers can be eaten raw or boiled.”

Some sources list this variety as not having any medicinal qualities.  This may be  because of lack of research .

I haven’t found any sources that claim this variety to be toxic in any way.

Another website says

“A tea made from the whole plant has been used in the treatment of colic, indigestion, gout, hepatitis etc. The root is analgesic. It has been chewed as a treatment for headache, short breath, fainting and nervous debility.”

It also claims that the roots care edible and have a very “palatable taste after boiling and When cold it has a taste somewhat like nuts.”

http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net/herbs/p/panax-trifolius=ground-nut.php

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