Missouri State Ginseng Laws
In Missouri you are not required to possess a license to harvest wild
ginseng on private land. However, you must have the property owner’s
permission. Without previous permission from the property owner, you may
be subject to prosecution for trespassing and/or theft.
On U.S Forest Service land in Missouri, the digging or taking of
plants for personal consumption is allowed by permit, but commercial
harvest is prohibited. No collecting is allowed in wilderness areas.
Harvesting ginseng on most state-owned lands is prohibited.
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- It is illegal to harvest ginseng on any property owned or administered by MDC.
- Wild ginseng may be harvested from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. Dried
ginseng may be purchased, sold or transported from Sept. 15 through
March 15. Wet or undried ginseng may be purchased, sold or transported
from Sept. 1 through March 15. Certified roots may be possessed,
purchased, sold, transported, or exported throughout the year.
- Wild and cultivated Missouri ginseng plants or roots exported from the
state must be certified by MDC. Roots may be imported from other states,
territories or countries only with an appropriate certificate of
- Harvested ginseng plants or roots must possess at least three true
leaves (prongs). The fruiting stalk and stem, except the mature fruits,
must be kept with the plant until it is returned to the harvester’s home
or place of business. The seeds from each harvested plant must be
planted within 100 feet of the parent plant.
- Any person, group or business that purchases ginseng roots in
Missouri for resale is considered a Missouri ginseng dealer unless the
person or entity does not maintain a ginseng business address in
Missouri and is registered as a dealer in another state. All Missouri
ginseng dealers must register annually with MDC. Dealers must provide
quarterly reports of all transactions and an annual inventory report.
Resource Science Division, Missouri Department of Conservation
P.O. Box 180, Jefferson City, MO 65102
phone: (573) 751-4115
All information courtesy of MO Department of Conservation.
For more information about Missouri Ginseng laws, check out the Missouri Department of Conservation Ginseng page here.
be sure you understand and follow all State and Federal Ginseng laws.
This information is only a guide; be sure to check with your state for
the most recent laws and regulations.