Fella's thanks for taking a look at the pictures and the comments. The pictures above are plants near a woods grown plot planted with seeds from WI about 500 mi north of me. The squirrels or chipmunks spread the seeds from that plot. They are now naturally occurring. This is a oak / hickory timber. The soils vary widely from one hill to the next. I think the ones you are planting in the rich mountain soils will do very well. Below is a picture of our native ginseng, it has a short seed spike rarely above the leaves. These seeds won't be ripe until the middle of September.
These pictures were all taken on the same day on July 19th. We've had unrelenting wet weather. Broke all time records for rain in June and the first half of July has not been much better. Rain again today, so far my disease issues are minimal. A little altinaria, so far no root rot. Thanks Sang.ocd