General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 11 +4.4 °C (40 °F) to +7.2 °C (50 °F)
Plant Height: 2 to 4 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 4 feet
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Evergreen
Other: Corrugated olive-green leaves with oblique base.
Fruit: Showy
Other: The small black flowers are succeeded by heavy berries
Flowers: Showy
Other
Flower Color: Other: Almost black or dark maroon
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Year Round
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Bog gardening
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Difficult to grow from seed. Requires a lot of extra care.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Rhizomes
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Bat Flower
  • Black Bat Flower
  • Cat's Whiskers
  • Devil Flower
  • Bat Plant
  • Bat Head Lily
Also sold as:
  • Tacca chanterii

Photo Gallery
Photo by robertduval14

Date: 2021-10-02

Date: 2018-10-23

Date: 2021-10-02
Location: Botanical Garden Copenhagen
Date: 2016-12-18
Location: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, Gainesville, FL
Date: 2022-10-01
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2016
Location: San Francisco, CA - Conservatory of Flowers
Date: 2015-05-07
a crazy looking flower
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: November
Location: Utrecht Botanical Garden
Date: 2022-10-09
Location: Hampton Court Palace!
Date: 2012-07-14
Bat plant in flower.
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis
Date: 2017-08-09
Location: Hampton Court Palace!
Date: 2012-07-14
Bat Flowers
Location: China
Image by Spencer C. H. Barrett, University of Toronto
Location: Belle Isle Conservatory, Detroit, MI
Date: 2015-07-17
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2013-05-13 
Photo taken at Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange, Florida
Location: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers
Photo by longk
Location: Holmes Beach FL
Date: 2015-01-26

Date: 2021-10-02
Location: Tatton Park Flower Show 2009
Photograph by Mike Peel
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2016-03-20
Location: Belle Isle Conservatory, Detroit, MI
Date: 2015-07-17
Location: Belle Isle Conservatory, Detroit, MI
Date: 2015-07-17
Photo by longk
Location: Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Ann Arbor, MI
Date: 2016-03-20
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: September
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2013-05-13 
Photo taken at Sugar Mill Botanical Gardens - Port Orange, Florid

Date: 2014-02-22

Date: 2014-03-04

Date: 2014-02-22

Date: 2014-02-22
Location: Southwest Florida
Date: September 2016

Date: 2014-02-22

Date: 2014-02-22

Date: 2014-02-22

Date: 2014-02-22

Date: 2014-02-22
Location: National Botanical Garden (DC) | November 2022
Date: 2022-11-26
Location: Hampton Court Palace!
Date: 2012-07-14
Leaves of Tacca chantrieri.

Date: 2014-02-22

Date: 2014-02-22
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Comments:
  • Posted by longk (Oxford UK - Zone 8a) on Feb 25, 2017 2:29 AM concerning plant:
    I've grown and bloomed this here in the UK and it is not as difficult as its reputation suggests if you follow the basics - keep it moist, give it plenty of humidity, shade and heat. One trick to encourage blooms is to dribble water daily into the leaf axils allowing it to collect in there during the summer.
    One thing to bear in mind if you do grow it indoor or under glass - they do get very large! Mine was five feet across when I got rid of it.
  • Posted by mjsponies (Central Florida) on May 28, 2014 8:30 AM concerning plant:
    This comes back here, usually starts showing up about mid-May to beginning of June. I think the Zone 11 hardiness is not really accurate.
  • Posted by valleylynn (Oregon City, OR - Zone 8b) on Jul 14, 2012 12:43 PM concerning plant:
    Origin: South East Asia.

    The Black bat flower, Tacca chantrieri, is a species of flowering plant in the yam family Dioscoreaceae.

    The flowers are somewhat bat-shaped, are up to 12 inches across, and have long 'whiskers' that can grow up to 28 inches.

    They don't like to be root bound.
  • Posted by OldGardener (So Cal - Zone 10b) on Jul 15, 2014 1:53 PM concerning plant:
    Some nurseries list this as hardy to zone 10.
  • Posted by janelp_lee (Toronto, Ontario - Zone 6a) on Dec 28, 2019 5:00 PM concerning plant:
    Fresh seeds are easy to germinate but the seeds do not stay viable long at all. Very special tropical plant has unique flowers!

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