Virginia’s wild ginseng harvest season begins today. Wild American ginseng is listed as a threatened species in Virginia and the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is responsible for regulating ginseng harvest and sales in the Commonwealth. American ginseng is a native slow-growing, shade-loving perennial that grows wild in Virginia’s forests. The root of the American ginseng plant is valued as a medicinal herb. Collecting any portion of the plant, including the berries, for personal or commercial use from federal land is strictly prohibited.