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Siberian Ginseng
Eleutherococcus senticosus

Family: Araliaceae

Preferred Habitat: mixed and coniferous mountain forests, forming small undergrowth or groups in thickets and edges, sometimes found in oak groves at the foot of cliffs

Range: Native range covers Eastern Asia and Siberia

Height: up to 1.5 meters (5 feet)

Leaves: simple, alternate, ovate, 8 cm long

Flowers: small, greenish white, dioecious occurring in early summer

Fruit: small, 1 cm in diameter berries in clusters of about 15

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: is a powerful tonic herb used for centuries for maintaining good health rather than treating illness