Leaves about 8 in a funnel-form rosette, 4 cm long, bearing brown impressed scales especially beneath, serrulate with spines 1 mm long, sheaths elliptic, narrow, blades ligulate, not at all petiolate, broadly acute and cuspidate, 25-48 mm wide, glaucous-green above, brownish purple beneath, subdensely serrulate with spines about 1 mm long. Scape erect, stout, farinose especially toward apex; scape-bracts imbricate, lanceolate, acuminate, green, membranaceous. Inflorescence lax, to 6 cm long; rhachis tomentulose-lepidote. Floral bracts ovate, acuminate, much shorter than the ovary or the lowest sometimes exceeding it, membranaceous, pale-lepidote; flowers divergent. Sepals mucronulate, to 18 mm long, short-connate; petals 25-35 mm long, blades at length spreading, acute, purple with white margins; stamens all free; ovary subcylindric, stout, to 10 mm long.