Definitions of shellflower
  1. 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
    synonyms: Chelone glabra, shell-flower, snake-head, snakehead, turtlehead
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    type of:
    bog plant, marsh plant, swamp plant
    a semiaquatic plant that grows in soft wet land; most are monocots: sedge, sphagnum, grasses, cattails, etc; possibly heath
  2. noun
    cultivated for its shining oblong leaves and arching clusters of white flowers with pink shading and crinkled yellow lips with variegated magenta stripes
    synonyms: Alpinia Zerumbet, Alpinia speciosa, Languas speciosa, shall-flower, shell ginger
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    perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems
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