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Tacca chantrieri /Black Bat Plant

Tacca chantrieri  / Tacca chantrieri
Tropical plant with a rare exotic bloom
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Tropical plant with a rare exotic bloom

Tropical leaves of the black bat plant

Close-up of large, coarse-textured leaves

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Scientific Name: Tacca chantrieri
Common Name: Black Bat Plant
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: This semi-tropical produces large coarse textured foliage and exotic flowers. Plants can be somewhat tempermental in their growth requirements. Apparently they need to be repotted every year or so and need good air circulation. This plant is well adapted to growing in containers. Plant in a fertile, well drained soil and provide filtered sunlight during the day. The foliage looks somewhat like the peace plant (spathiphyllum).