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Noun: shellflower  'shel,flaw(-u)r
  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
    - shell-flower, turtlehead, snakehead, snake-head, Chelone glabra
  2. Cultivated for its shining oblong leaves and arching clusters of white flowers with pink shading and crinkled yellow lips with variegated magenta stripes
    - shall-flower, shell ginger, Alpinia Zerumbet, Alpinia speciosa, Languas speciosa

Derived forms: shell-flowers, shellflowers

Type of: bog plant, ginger, marsh plant, swamp plant

Part of: Alpinia, Chelone, genus Alpinia, genus Chelone, genus Languas, genus Zerumbet

Encyclopedia: Shellflower