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North Carolina


North Carolina State Ginseng Laws


 No license is required to dig wild ginseng on private land in North Carolina, though written permission of the landowner must be in the collector’s possession at the time of harvest.

 A ginseng dealer’s permit is required to buy ginseng for resale or to sell it out of the state.

 The harvest season for wild ginseng in North Carolina is September 1 to April 1 (except this does not apply on one’s own land). A Record of Harvest Season Collection must be signed by a State Inspector by April 1 for any ginseng that is not sold during this season.

 State law requires all harvested plants to have at least 3 prongs, or if leaves are not present, at least 4 bud scars plus a bud on the neck.

 North Carolina requires that seeds of collected plants be sown within 100 feet of a harvested plant. The law allows seeds to be removed for planting elsewhere, but only from plants that are not dug in the same harvest season.

 Ginseng may not be harvested in any North Carolina State Park, though harvest on some State lands is allowed with proper permits.

 The NC Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Plant Industry Division, Plant Protection Section, serves as the state’s ginseng coordinator. Contact at: 2116 West Jones Street Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 733-6930 x249

 A permit is required to collect ginseng in all National Forests in NC. Contact National Forests in the state at or: P.O. Box 2750, 160-A Zillicoa Street Asheville, NC 28802 (828) 257-4200

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