The ginseng plant grows in mountainous climates, humid and rainy.
There are different species according to their place of origin:
South Korea (Panax ginseng)
China (Panax pseudoginseng)
Canada (Panax quinquefolius)
The first to discover it and use it were the Chinese thousands of years ago. Because of intensive harvesting occurred over the centuries, is now rare to find the wild root. The entire Ginseng market today cultivates the root, as you see in the image on the left.