This is from up Wisconsin. It's been awful wet and cool here. When I went out and looked about 6 weeks ago nothing was up. I thought maybe nothing had taken. Nice to see it ended up coming up even with the crappy weather.
VAHunter... that is what ginseng looks like the first spring that it comes up.
Mature plants look quite different, with multiple prongs (3 or 4 usually) and 5 leaf sets per prong (3 large leaves that point out from the center, and 2 smaller leaves that point towards the center). with a flower spike / berry pod in the center.
A mature plant may be 12-24\" tall or larger in excellent conditions.
First spring plants are small like that (2-3\" tall), single stem, no prongs, and usually only 3 leaves.