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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
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.

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.

From seed or by division

Tropical gardens, greenhouse or conservatory plant.

other notes:
Native to South-East Asia

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