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Black Bat Flower

Tacca chantrieri

Also known as

Bat Plant, Devil's Flower, Cat's Whiskers, Batflower, Devil-Flower

Tacca chantrieri489542402 by Jef Poskanzer (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Tender

12b

USDA zone

13°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.2m

Max

1.2m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a Tacca chantrieri flower

Black Bat Flower Overview

Tacca chantrieri is an unusual perennial from the Dioscoreaceae family. It produces amazing, large, black-purple, spider-like flowers with long whisker-like structures, hence it is commonly called Black Bat Flower or Cat's Whiskers, amongst other names. Originating from tropical regions in Southeast Asia, the natural range of this species includes Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China in the Yunnan Province. This tender, rhizomatous plant likes high humidity and partially shaded conditions, grow in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth.

Common problems with Black Bat Flower

How to propagate Black Bat Flower

Division

You can propagate by dividing the rhizomes or from seed.

Rhizomes

Seed

Special features of Black Bat Flower

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Black Bat Flower

Grown for their curious flowers.

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