Common thorn

Common thorn (Carlina vulgaris L.)

Common thornberry – A biennial plant from the family Compositae (Compositae). Other names: thistle


A biennial plant, forming in the first year a rosette of lanceolate-linear, hard, serrated leaves, and in the second year – an upright cobweb-pubescent stem 30-70 cm in height; baskets at the top of the stem and 2 opposite branches, within 3 cm of width, with an involucre, the inner leaves of which are dry-woven, straw-yellow and similar to reed flowers; flowers in a basket are tubular, with a black-purple corolla, dressed in a tuft. Blossoms in July-September. Thornberry grows in pine forests, on the slopes of hills.

Medicinal use:

A decoction of thorn grass is given to children to drink, they are fumigated with smoke when they are frightened.

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