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    Saving Wild American Ginseng
    (Panax quinquefolius)


    American Ginseng is an amazing American medicinal plant of great value to rural communities, as a sustainable non-timber resource for both landowners and the National Forest Service, and if managed and protected, ginseng can be a sustainable source of wild medicine for future generations.

    United Plant Savers acknowledges the incredible historic role that ginseng has played in the American economy and lives of rural Appalachian culture. Those that have grown up in the culture of harvesting medicinal plants are also those that have planted the seeds of ginseng and replenished the woods. United Plant Savers encourages the stewardship of medicinal plants that has been passed down from generation to generation.

    What can you do to help?

    1)   Become a member of United Plant Savers and stay informed on issues related to conservation of medicinal plants. Join UpS here. 

    2)   Sign our Change.org online petition, demonstrate that you care about the future of wild American ginseng and you would like to see state and federal agencies devote more efforts towards preservation of an important American herb.

    3)   Grow ginseng! Perhaps you have wild ginseng on your land, consider joining our Botanical Sanctuary Network for the conservation of native medicinal plants.
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    For the benefit of the plant communities, wild animals, harvesters, farmers, consumers, manufacturers, retailers and practitioners, we offer this list of wild medicinal plants which we feel are currently most sensitive to the impact of human activities. Our intent is to assure the increasing abundance of the medicinal plants which are currently in decline due to expanding popularity and shrinking habitat and range. UpS is not asking for a moratorium on the use of these herbs. Rather, we are initiating programs designed to preserve these important wild medicinal plants.

    “At-Risk” List
    American Ginseng - Panax quinquefolius
    Bloodroot - Sanguinaria canadensis
    Black Cohosh - Actaea racemosa L.
    Blue Cohosh - Caulophyllum thalictroides
    Echinacea - Echinacea spp.

    Eyebright - Euphrasia spp.
    False Unicorn Root - Chamaelirium luteum
    Goldenseal - Hydrastis canadensis
    Lady’s Slipper Orchid - Cypripedium spp.
    Lomatium - Lomatium dissectum

    Osha - Ligusticum porteri, L. spp.
    Peyote - Lophophora williamsii
    Sandalwood - Santalum spp. (Hawaii only)
    Slippery Elm - Ulmus rubra
    Sundew - Drosera spp.
    Trillium, Beth Root -Trillium spp.
    True Unicorn - Aletris farinosa
    Venus’ Fly Trap - Dionaea muscipula
    Virginina Snakeroot - Aristolochia serpentaria
    Wild Yam - Dioscorea villosa, D. spp.
    “To-Watch” List
    Arnica - Arnica spp.
    Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa
    Cascara Sagrada - Frangula purshiana (Rhamnus)
    Chaparro - Casatela emoryi
    Elephant Tree - Bursera microphylla
    Gentian - Gentiana spp.
    Goldthread - Coptis spp.
    Kava Kava - Piper methysticum (Hawaii only)
    Lobelia - Lobelia spp.
    Maidenhair Fern - Adiantum pendatum
    Mayapple - Podophyllum peltatum
    Oregon Grape - Mahonia spp.
    Partridge Berry - Mitchella repens
    Pink Root - Spigelia marilandica
    Pipsissewa - Chimaphila umbellata
    Spikenard - Aralia racemosa, A. californica
    Stone Root - Collinsonia canadensis
    Stream Orchid - Epipactis gigantea
    Turkey Corn - Dicentra canadensis
    White Sage - Salvia apiana
    Wild Indigo - Baptisia tinctoria
    Yerba Mansa - Anemopsis californica

    Click on the link  to download our PDF brochure for more information. How To Adopt and the Benefits of Adopting an At-Risk herb


    Participating Businesses:


    Elemental Herbs Equinox Botanicals Frontier Natural Products Co-op Herb Pharm Herbs Etc. Mama Jo's Sunshine Herbals Moonmade Botanicals Mt Rose HerbsSage Mountain Traditional Medicinals New Chapter

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    Help UpS celebrate 20 years in 2014 of working hard towards spreading awareness of native medicinal plant conservation by gifting a membership this holiday season. Membership fees support the vital work of UpS and help us inform those that care about what is going on through our journal and outreach ~ the healing herbs and all the folks behind the scenes at United Plant Savers thank you. ...

  • Our Mission ...

    Our mission is to protect native medicinal plants of the United States and Canada and their native habitat while ensuring an abundant renewable supply of medicinal plants for generations to come.


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