Welcome to the Wildgrown forums! We hope that you will tarry with us and share any stories and pics of future hunts for Ginseng! While you are apparently new to the traditions that many of us on the forums have long practiced (i.e. the hunting, harvesting, planting, growing and stewardship of Ginseng), with time, you will have many stories and pics of your adventures.
Hugh posted a very appropriate photo of a 3 pronged Ginseng plant since the Sarsaparilla plant that you posted a photo of, is also a 3 pronged plant! As you can see, the plants are very similar in appearances and especially so, in their' early years of the growth of Sarsaparilla. You will come to notice that in the older Sarsaparilla plants, that branches will grow off of the individual prongs that come off of the stem and many of the plants will have more than one flower and berry pod. Ginseng will never grow branches off of individual prongs and while a few Ginseng plants have been found with twin flower/berry pods, these are rare and very seldom seen.
It is my hopes that you find a lot of Ginseng on your' property! If you find any plants, mark them so it will be noticed by you but not others, especially Ginseng Poachers. When season opens, go back and dig the mature plants and carry at least one 3 prong and one 4 prong top around with you. This is one of the easiest ways to learn finding Ginseng as you will have two actual plants in hand to compare with other plants.
That's a pretty little patch of cranesbill to the left of that four-prong as well.
Yep, that was and probably still is a nice little patch of Cranesbill! There are many, many more patches of Cranesbill, Beth Root and Black Cohosh in this location where I scouted for Ginseng last year and some of those patches, cover large portions of the sides of some ridges. There are also quiet a few patches of Blood Root, Sarsaparilla, Blue Cohosh and other Herbs there but they are much smaller patches. However, on the other side of this mountain, there are patches of Beth Root, Black Cohosh and Cranesbill which cover very large portions of the sides of some ridges.
See the links below to slideshows of pics that I took while scouting as well as Ginseng hunting along with some Bow hunting in the same general area.