Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bat Plant

Tacca chantrieri
 Bat Plant
The curious bat plant or Flor de Murcielago is from South East Asia and is found in the shady forest understory. It is fairly easy to grow in the garden in similar conditions with well mulched soil or even in a pot in any warm temperate climate. The bat like flower is made up of wide spreading wing-like bracts of rich maroon-black accompanied by long trailing 'whiskers'. It starts to flower in late winter and continues through summer. There is a white flowering variety available as well.
2017 update: I do not have any stock of this plant.

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