Definition 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.
Group relationships: Chelone, Genus Chelone
Generic synonyms: Bog Plant, Marsh Plant, Swamp Plant
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.
Generic synonyms: Ginger
Group relationships: Alpinia, Genus Alpinia, Genus Languas, Genus Zerumbet
Lexicographical Neighbors of Shellflower
Literary usage of Shellflower
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Bulletin by United States Bureau of Plant Industry (1905)
"Balmony; turtle-head; shellflower; snakehead; salt-rheum weed. Native, perennial, herbaceous plant, 2 to 'Л feet high; in swamps and along Chenopodium; ..."
2. Wild Flowers Worth Knowing by Neltje Blanchan, Asa Don Dickinson (1917)
"Snake-head; Turtle-head; Balmony; shellflower; Cod-head Chelone glabra Flowers—White tinged with pink, or all white, about 1 in. long, growing in a dense, ..."
3. Bulletin by United States Bureau of Plant Industry (1905)
"... shellflower; snakehead; salt-rheum weed. Native, perennial, herbaceous plant, 2 to 3 feet high; in swamps und along ..."