What Is It Wednesday

So many Wordless Wednesdays in my inbox today! I just can’t do those. I can, however, give you a nice botanical what is it.

We have a flower. This little guy is blooming in a large pot beside our front porch steps. Most of the dirt is local, but the pot did used to be home to a baby redwood from Washington state. I went through 46 pages of google images without finding anything that looked like this one. Those are his lil spiky leaves, and there are a few more buds growing.

20120509-182600.jpg Any ideas? I did email a picture to my stepdad, the family taxonomist. No word back from him yet, though.