I have received some seeds as a present, it should be some kind of flowers, but now (after four months) it looks like that:

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It smells really not good and has thorny leafs and stalk.

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    – Stephie
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 10:13
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    Was there any kind of name on these seeds? And I'm not seeing any thorns in that picture - just somewhat bristly or hairy leaves - are they unpleasant to touch?
    – Bamboo
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 10:28
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    Independent of an id, those plants are not getting enough light. They are etiolated. Can you move them outside? (Just not all of a sudden, that could kill them.) You used the tag “houseplants”. Are you sure those are really houseplants?
    – Stephie
    Commented Sep 18, 2018 at 10:35
  • @Stephie, thank you for your hint, I will divide it into two posts. And I'm not sure, that those are houseplants, but it's the only thing, that stand on the seeds pack, that they are houseplants.
    – Imperio
    Commented Sep 20, 2018 at 12:15
  • @Bamboo, sorryfor my English, they are just really unpleasant to touch.
    – Imperio
    Commented Sep 20, 2018 at 12:17

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It looks rather like Borage (Borago officinalis), which can have a sort of castor oil smell to it when rubbed. If not given enough light it will fail to produce flowers. As others have noted, it should be outside to get full benefit of sun and air. It's an annual, so in northern hemisphere probably a bit late in the season for any remedial action.

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