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Black Bat Flower

from the Logee's growers

Black Bat Flower

By Laurelynn Martin and Byron Martin

 
 

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Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

The Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri) is a rare and unusual plant that blooms during October and November. One word best describes it: WOW! These flowers will stop you in your tracks!


The unusual black flowers look like bats with long cat whiskers rising on long stems from the broad shiny leaves. It tends to bloom from late summer through fall, often flowering just in time for Halloween.


The Black Bat Flower is native to the tropical forests of Southeast Asia where it grows as an understory plant. It prefers partial sun or filtered light, warm temperatures and good air circulation around the plant. A well-aerated soil mix and a clay pot will keep the root system healthy. Fertilize every couple of weeks during the growing season. This is a large plant in a 6” pot.


BLACK BAT FLOWER – HIGHLIGHTS

Hardiness Zone: 10
Bloom Season: Fall
Sun Requirement: Partial Sun
Grows to: 2-3'
Minimum Temperature Indoors: 60°F