|This plant thrives high in the forest trees as well as in spreading masses by way of stolons. The tubular, 2 foot tall perennial has gray-green leaves with hooked spines forming an urn-shaped rosette. A short-lived pinecone-like spike, light yellow or white that ages to black, is formed by the rising stem. Bracts are rose colored. Plants grow between 1,000 and 5,000 feet above sea-level.