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Black Bat Flower

A tropical plant with appealling, if unusual, flowers

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$19.99
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1 for $16.99
Ships in Spring
  • flowering dateMidsummer to Fall
  • hardiness zone4-10
  • height24 - 36 inches
  • restricted statesAE AK GU HI PR
  • ship as8-12 CM BULB
  • sun exposurePartial Shade, Full Shade
  • Attention-grabbing houseplant or patio feature
  • Unique purple-black flowers
  • Long whiskers create vertical interest
Looking for something totally different and a little wild? Try this extraordinary and eccentric tropical flower, with a face that reminds visitors of a silky black cat or friendly bat. Blooming in late summer through fall, the Black Bat Flower is a member of the yam family, producing tall foliage and upright stalks topped with unusual flowers. Each near-black bloom produces long bracteoles that look like cats' whiskers, as well as purple-black, wing-like hanging bracts. Keep in mind that this tropical plant performs best in warm, humid locales. It must be lifted in winter, except in Zone 9 or warmer, and requires lots of humidity. If planted outdoors or in a patio pot, keep this plant well-watered, and consider using a humidifier if you're working indoors. Tacca chantieri 'Black'

Product Details

  • botanical nameTacca chantieri 'Black'
  • flowering dateMidsummer to Fall
  • flower colorGreen, Purple, Black
  • flower form8" flowers have a winglike form. Curious, 12" long trailing "whiskers" (bracts) provide the plant with an appealing sense of movement. Multiple flowers atop the 24-36" plant.
  • foliage typeLush green, crinkled foliage is shiny.
  • formTuberous bulb
  • growth rateFast
  • hardiness zone4-10
  • height24 - 36 inches
  • planting instructionsWell-aerated soil in a clay pot helps to ensure healthy roots
  • pruningnone required
  • restricted statesAE AK GU HI PR
  • shipping seasonSpring
  • ship as8-12 CM BULB
  • soil requirementGood potting soil if in containers. Well drained soil
  • spacing36 - 48 inches
  • spread36 - 48 inches
  • sun exposurePartial Shade, Full Shade
  • watering requirementMoist, well draining soil. Water consistently in summer.
  • winter careThis is a houseplant. Must be brought indoors in cooler zones.

Shipping Schedule

When will my order ship?

Plants will be shipped at the proper planting time for your area of the country during the shipping timeframes outlined below:

2024 Spring Shipping Schedule
Zone Temperature Sensitive Plants
3A-3B 5/3/24 - 6/7/24
4A-4B 5/3/24 - 6/7/24
5A 5/3/24 - 6/7/24
5B 4/29/24 - 6/7/24
6A 4/25/24 - 6/7/24
6B 4/22/24 - 6/7/24
7A 4/11/24 - 6/7/24
7B 4/8/24 - 6/7/24
8A & 8B 4/1/24 - 5/31/24
9A - 10B 3/25/24 -5/31/24
Last Order Date Zones 3A - 7B: 6/7/24
Zones 8A - 10B: 5/27/24

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