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Batflower

Tacca spp.

White bat flower by Brocken Inaglory (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

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A close up of a green Tacca plant

Batflower Overview

Tacca contains approximately 17 rhizomatous perennials with unique, dramatic blooms and lance to oval-shaped, glossy, veined foliage. These are known by the names Batflower, Bat-head Lily, Devil Flower and Cats Whiskers after their flower appearance. Originating from tropical climates in South America, Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia and various oceanic islands, these plants require humidity and partial shade to thrive. Flowers are large and showy, coloured purple-black and white-green, with many long thread-like appendages hanging down and two larger wing structures arranged above. These are thought to resemble a bat or a wild cats face.

Common problems with Batflower

How to propagate Batflower

Division

You can propagate by division of the rhizomes or from seed.

Rhizomes

Seed

Special features of Batflower

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Batflower

Grown for their curious flowers.