An inappropriate, even horrid, name for a lovely garden worthy plant. Long thin pineapple-like leaves edged with evenly spaced soft thread-like spines. Numerous green and white spherical flowers in attractive bunches are held atop branching stems.
Sow seeds IMMEDIATELY you receive them, at any time of the year, they depend on having several months in cold, damp compost, (NOT DRY IN A FRIDGE) before they will germinate. Keep the seed tray moist in a cold greenhouse or shady corner. These fresh seeds can be very slow to germinate. Do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may cause them to enter even deeper dormancy.