—Carduus Helenoides.—It rises up with tender single hoary green stalks, bearing four or five green leaves, dented at the edges; the points thereof are a little prickly, and at the top it has but one head, yet sometimes from the bosom of the uppermost leaves there is another small head, scaly, and prickly, with many reddish threads in the middle, which being gathered fresh, will keep its colour, and fade not for a long time, while it perfects the seed, which is downy. The root is stringy and black. It is easily known by its long straight stem, purple flowers, and linear leaves. They grow in moist meadows, and flower about July or August.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Thistle (Melancholy):

Its virtues are not to be despised; for the decoction of the thistle in wine expels superfluous melancholy out of the body, and makes a man as merry as a cricket. Persons troubled with melancholy and depression of spirits may take a decoction of the root—a wino glassful two or three times a day, with the greatest advantage. Dioscorides asserts that it cures melancholy. Modern writers laugh at him. Let them laugh that win; my opinion is, that it is a good remedy against melancholy diseases.
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