Perennial herb 20-70 cm tall with creeping woody rhizome. Stem usually solitary, erect, ribbed, slightly leafy, branching only at the bottom. The leaves are alternate, oblong-elliptic, pinnatifid, naked or nearly naked. Baskets subglobose, 3-5 mm long, drooping, on legs 1-3 mm in length, are united in a brush or broom. Marginal flowers nine, they uzkotrubchatye, bidentate, female, middle flowers up to 26, they are tubular, bisexual. Fruit — achene. Flowers in July and August, achenes ripen in August and September.
Mainly Eastern European, North Asian appearance. In Russia in the European part (the southern half), in the south of Western and Eastern Siberia, in the Far East. In Central Russia is found in the black earth belt and adjacent areas Nechernozemie, but occasionally.
Increases in the steppes, dry meadows, outcrops of limestone and chalk, embankments of railways and roads.
In Siberia, used for the preparation of infusions, stimulates appetite and helps with fever. Forage plant for deer.