A biennial herbaceous plant with a branched root and an elevated stem up to 100-110 cm tall. The leaves are lanceolate, rigid, spiny at the edges. The flowers are small, black-purple, collected in a basket up to 4 cm wide. Blooms in June-August.
Distributed in the southern part of Siberia, forest and forest-steppe zones. Grows in forest meadows, forest edges, pine forests and birch forests.
In folk medicine, an infusion of the whole plant is recommended for nervous and mental diseases (epilepsy, insomnia, neurosis, paralysis), and also for fever.
Infusion is given to infants with pain in the abdomen and from fear.
Infusion: 1 tbsp. a spoonful of raw materials in a glass of boiling water, insist 1 hour and drink 1/2 cup of infusion 2-3 times every day before meals and at night.