Leaves numerous, rosulate, to 1 m long; sheaths narrowly elliptic, covered with linear brown scales, entire or sparsely serrate toward the apex; blades linear, not at all narrowed at the base, attenuate, pungent, 33 mm wide, laxly serrate with antrorse spines 10 mm long, bright green above, paler beneath and minutely pale-lepidote. Scape very short. Inflorescence densely corymbose, many-flowered, oblate, castaneous- lepidote with elongate scales except the petals; primary bracts foliaceous but with reduced red blades. Floral bracts linear or narrowly lanceolate, acute or acuminate, equaling the middle of the sepals or higher, thin, lacinate-serrulate toward apex; flowers 8 cm long including the indistinct pedicels. Sepals free , lanceolate, acuminate, carinate, 26 mm long; petals narrow, 35 mm long, violet with pale margins, glabrous; ovary slenderly fusiform or cylindric. Fruit ellipsoid, 5 cm long, 22 mm in diameter, edible.