Plant Base Online (beta)

botanical name:
Tacca chantrieri
Tacca chantrieri © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bat Plant, Devil's Flower, Cat's Whiskers
family:  Taccaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen
height: 0.75m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: green
flower colour: maroon
main season: Summer
aspect: part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: 12°C
USDA zone: 11 to 11
description:
Tender perennial that produces very strange looking flowerheads with wing-like bracts, sombre, almost black, dark brownish-purple with long whisker-like filaments. Attractive foliage of large paddle-shaped olive-green leaves.

cultivation:
Needs warm humid conditions and dappled shade with good air circulation. Free draining, but moisture retentative, humus-rich soil, preferably on the acid side.
In temperate areas it is normally grown under glass in large containers.

propagation:
From seed or by division

usage:
Tropical gardens, greenhouse or conservatory plant.

other notes:
Native to South-East Asia

pronounced: TAK-kah shanon-tree-ER-eye

install Plant Base on your PC or Mac :

  • self contained application
  • update and add records
  • powerful features
  • larger pictures

read more ...

Ads by Google :