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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Nov 18, 2013 11:05 PM CST
Does anyone know what this is? The leaves look almost like a mini banana plant. I saw it in Seattle's Volunteer park Conservatory and don't know what it is? I have never seen a flower like this! All the long hairy things are part of the flower - which was way more impressive live!
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Nov 19, 2013 12:23 AM CST
Hi Greg check this out http://search.aol.com/aol/image?q=bat+flower&s_chn=prt_ct14&...

I have always wanted one but not hardy here in the PNW.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Nov 19, 2013 1:26 AM CST
Wow, Julia you're so good! Maybe we can visit the conservatory soon (like Friday afternoon?) Its small, and you could see this flower in person
I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Nov 19, 2013 10:23 AM CST
Greg: I agree, that's a lovely Black Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)

There's a white flowering Bat Flower too, Tacca integrifolia that is quite stunning as well: http://www.google.com/search?q=tacca+integrifolia&tbm=isch&t...
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Nov 19, 2013 10:44 AM CST
Lin, that is beautiful too. Didn't know bout that one.

Greg, Yes love to check that out on Friday after the visit. Hurray! Hurray!
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Deebie
Nov 19, 2013 11:47 AM CST
It looks like: Bat Flower (Tacca chantrieri)
Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Nov 19, 2013 12:59 PM CST
Thanks Deebie! And Lin I love the link!! All I can say is Wow! They are such unusual and cool flowers! I think I like the white ones better since they have those back petals that look almost like hosta leaves!! Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Nov 19, 2013 1:23 PM CST
@springcolor, DataBase says that it is suitable for growing as a houseplant… I'm tempted to give it a try! Even in Florida, I'm to far north to grow it in the garden, but oolala…such a temptation!!! Whistling
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Nov 19, 2013 2:27 PM CST
Yes, it is a looker but No more house plants for me. I have a greenhouse full of coleus, geraniums and seedlings. I never have down time anymore. Water Water!!! That is my making and need to either stop or buck up!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I will admire this one in photos and get a look at it in the conservatory.
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Name: Tara
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terrafirma
Nov 19, 2013 2:39 PM CST
nodding Hilarious! Thumbs up
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gitagal
Dec 6, 2013 9:40 PM CST
The Bat Flower looks just like a Spath (Peace Lily)--same exact leaves....then this crazy thing opens up.

My Home Depot has two of them sitting in the GH--waiting for someone to buy them.
We got them in last year too. They did sell--I guess it was a novelty.

I find nothing pretty about the blooms Sticking tongue out . UGH! Gita

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