Maryland State Ginseng Law and Regulations

• A ginseng collecting permit is required to be obtained annually by anyone in Maryland who collects or harvests ginseng intended for sale. Permit holders are required to record the amount of ginseng collected in each county and the name and address of the dealer to whom they sold their ginseng, and to maintain these records for 3 years; and to certify their ginseng with the state prior to sale.

• Anyone who buys ginseng in Maryland for resale is required to register with the state as a ginseng dealer.

The harvest season for wild ginseng in Maryland is from September 1 to December 1.

• Maryland state does not allow the harvest of ginseng plants with less than 3 prongs or with immature seeds (green fruit).

• Maryland requires that all seeds be planted in the vicinity of the collected plant immediately after harvest.

• Ginseng may not be harvested in any Maryland State Park but may be collected on certain state forest lands.

• The Maryland Department of Agriculture, Plant Protection and Weed Management Section, serves as the state’s ginseng coordinator. This office can be reached at (301) 982-3224 or

(410) 841-5920, or by addressing correspondence to:

Robert B. Trumbule
Ginseng Management Program
Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Pkwy.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Provided by the American Herbal Products Association, in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and United Plant Savers Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 06 PLANT PEST CONTROL Chapter 03 Collection and Conservation of Maryland Ginseng Authority: Agriculture Article, §9-603, Annotated Code of Maryland 01 Definitions.. A. "Department" means the Maryland Department of Agriculture.. B. "Ginseng" means any part of the wild herb, American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L.. C. "Person" means an individual, partnership, corporation, association, or organized group of persons, or any other legal entity. 02 Scope of Regulations.. A. Regulated area: Maryland.. B. Regulated article: American Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius L. intended for sale.. 03 Collecting Season and Size Limitations.. A. Ginseng roots may be collected only during the collection season from August 20th through December 1st.B. Roots from ginseng plants with fewer than three five-leaflet leaves (three prongs) or with immature seeds (green berries) may not be collected. 04 Planting Seeds.. Unless otherwise authorized by the Department, all seeds from collected or harvested ginseng plants shall be planted properly in the vicinity of the collected plant immediately after collection or harvest. 05 Collecting Permits.. A person who collects or harvests ginseng intended for sale shall hold a valid annual collecting permit for each collecting season. 06 Permit Requirements.. A. A permit applicant shall do the following annually:. 1) Make application on Departmental forms;. 2) Pay a $2 fee to the Department; and. 3) Maintain the following records for 3 years and make them available, upon request, to the Department:a) The amount of ginseng collected in each county,. b) The name and address of any dealer who purchases ginseng from the collector.. B. A collecting permit is not transferable.. C. After a hearing by the 07 Ginseng Certification.. Before selling ginseng, a collector shall certify on a Departmental form where the ginseng was collected or harvested. Before moving ginseng for sale from Maryland, a collector or dealer shall have it physically inspected and certified by a representative of the Department. 08 Ginseng Dealer Registration and Records.. A. A person who buys ginseng for resale shall register annually with the Department and pay a $20 fee.B. Dealers shall keep the following records for 3 years and make them available, upon request, to the Department:1) For each sale, the name and permit number, or dealer registration number, of the seller and the weight in pounds and ounces or kilograms and grams of ginseng purchased. Administrative History Effective date: Regulations .01-06 adopted as an emergency provision effective July 7, 1978 (5:15 Md. R. 1184) (Emergency provisions are temporary and not printed in COMAR) Regulations .01-07 adopted effective October 6, 1978 (5:20 Md. R. 1500) - Chapter revised effective February 14, 1983 (10:3 Md. R. 210)