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Tacca chantrieri

 

Bat plant

Tacca chantrieri, the black bat flower, is an exotic flowering plant with unusual bat-like, black flowers up to 30 cms. across.with "whiskers" that can be up to e in the yam family Dioscoreaceae. Tacca chantrieri is an unusual plant in that it has black flowers. These flowers are somewhat bat-shaped, are up to 12 inches across, and have several long 'whiskers' that can grow up to 70 cms. long.

 
plant Features
  • Bat plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Bat plant likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Bat plant is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Bat plant likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Bat plant

Latin name

Tacca chantrieri

type

Flowering plant

family

Dioscoreaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Bat plant likes partial shade

    Partial shade

  • Frost

    Bat plant is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Bat plant likes rich and free draining

    Rich and free draining

  • Water

    Bat plant likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Bat plant is 1.50meters x 1.00meters 1.50 M 1.00 M

Tacca chantrieri

Tacca chantrieri, the black bat flower, is an exotic flowering plant with unusual bat-like, black flowers up to 30 cms. across.with "whiskers" that can be up to e in the yam family Dioscoreaceae. Tacca chantrieri is an unusual plant in that it has black flowers. These flowers are somewhat bat-shaped, are up to 12 inches across, and have several long 'whiskers' that can grow up to 70 cms. long.


Propogation by division

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Divide rhizomes in spring and plant one piece per pot.

 

Flowering

From Late Summer TO Early Autumn

Give it some space to spread its wings. Those exotic flowers grow up to 12 inches (30 cm) across, and feature "whiskers" that reach 24 inches (60 cm) long.

 

Propogation by seed

From Early Spring TO Late Winter

Can be grown from seed planted at any time, covered and kept at 18-20C until germinated. Pot up once a second leaf has grown.

 
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