shell-flower

shellflower

[shel-flou-er]
noun
1.
an eastern Asian plant, Alpinia zerumbet, of the ginger family, having pendulous clusters of fragrant white flowers with variegated markings.
3.
any of several other plants with flowers or parts thought to resemble shells, as those of the genus Tigridia.

Origin:
1835–45; shell + flower

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shell-flower

noun
showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purple [syn: shellflower
shellflower

noun
1. showy perennial of marshlands of eastern and central North America having waxy lanceolate leaves and flower with lower part creamy white and upper parts pale pink to deep purple 
2. cultivated for its shining oblong leaves and arching clusters of white flowers with pink shading and crinkled yellow lips with variegated magenta stripes 
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