The divisions of cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) that I dug up from the frontyard of my friend in New Orleans in November have yet to unfurl any new leaves, yet the smallest of them has been developing a flower bud for a while now. Yesterday it began to open, producing a bloom even stranger than the bloated earth-bound bud.
Flower of the cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior), about half open
Presumably the energy for this bud and perhaps the beginnings of the bud itself came from the massive, well-established clump from which I hacked off this little plant. This makes me think that I probably will not see flowers again for a while, until these specimens have become big and strong in their own right. Not that one grows these for their flowers anyway, but since they are such odd flowers and I had never seen one in real life I am still quite happy to have got this one.