Thalictrum minus L.

Small basil – A perennial herbaceous plant with a creeping grayish rhizome.


Stem glabrous, 50-150 cm tall, leaves thrice-four pinnate with rounded leaflets, blunt-toothed in front, within 1 cm of length and width. The inflorescence of the basil is a sprawling rare panicle; the flowers are small, drooping, the leaves within the flower bed are greenish-reddish, with 10-15 drooping stamens, equipped with pointed ends; fruits – ribbed achenes. The small cornflower blooms in June-July. The cornflower grows in flood meadows, in thickets of shrubs. Naden in the Neman basin (the Isloch river in the Volozhinsky district, the former Vyalovsky reserve of the Minsk region) and Pripyat (Yurevichi, Gomel region). A rare plant in our flora, but in places where the small cornflower grows, it forms significant thickets.


In medicine, the herb small cornflower – Herba Thalictri minoris is used. Collect during flowering the entire ground part. After harvesting, the leaves are cut off to half the stem and the lower part of the stem is discarded. Dry in the shade.

Medicinal use:

Basil grass contains phytoncides (there are more of them in the leaves) and has a bactericidal effect on gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. In the form of essential extracts, it is used in surgical practice.

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