He had what is known in certain circles as a cauliflower, or chrysanthemum, ear.
"The Cruise of the Jasper B." by Don Marquis
It never went entirely back to its normal shape, and was called a "cauliflower ear" by the sailors.
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
My right ear feels like a cauliflower.
"The White Feather" by P. G. Wodehouse
His lips were puffed out to twice their natural size and on the right side of his head he wore a "beautiful" cauliflower ear.
"The Battleship Boys at Sea" by Frank Gee Patchin
Hayfield's Steven Ours, a 2007 Virginia AAA champion, shows off his "cauliflower ear," a condition developed by repeatedly being hit in the same spot.