Donkey biennial

Biennial herbaceous plant. The root is taproot, in the first year with a rosette of pressed leaves, in the second year a stem appears, softly pubescent, straight, within 1 m in height; leaves in the rosette are elliptical, on the stem are lanceolate, alternate, sessile; flowers are large, light yellow, in cage-like inflorescences, with pointed sepals, 4 petals and 4-separate stigma; the fruit is an oblong box, thickened downwards, with 4 valves. Blooms in June-July.

Grows along roadsides, wastelands, sandy places.

Contains phytosterol, tannins; the flowers contain a dye. For medicinal purposes, the whole plant in the flowering stage is used.

In folk medicine, a decoction of the root is drunk for pulmonary tuberculosis and chest pains, a decoction of inflorescences is used for inflammation of the kidneys, wounds are washed with a decoction of the whole plant. Used in homeopathy. It is recommended for debilitating, dehydrating diarrhea, especially in young children.


Alcoholic infusion of primrose grass: 1 part of the herb to 5 parts of 40% alcohol – 20-30 drops 3-4 times every day.

Infusion on water: 2 teaspoons per 1 cup of boiling water (daily dose).

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