Perhaps the most unusual tropical flower available, introduced from parts of Malaysia, India, and East Asia. The glossy foliage is arum-like and handsome in its own right, but the main attraction of the plant is the strange, Gothic-looking, almost "Addams Family" inspired purple-black flowers. The flowers superficially resemble a bat in flight with long whiskers, and can grow up to 10" long. Black bat flower may bloom at any time of the year but generally flowers between June and August.
Taccas have beautiful foliage and one of the most unique floral structures in the plant kingdom. However, these plants are picky regarding their environmental conditions, and definitely not a plant for a casual gardener looking for a low-maintenance plant.
Batflower's main requirements are shade and good air circulation. They will die in full sun but deep shade will inhibit flowering. Partial shade is ideal. They need constant humidity and will not do well in dry desert climates.
The soil needs to be light, very porous and very well-drainedell. A mix of 60% Canadian peat moss, 30% perlite, and 10% vermiculite seems to work well. The soil should be a little bit acidic, so use something like a "Miracid" occasionally as a fertilizer. Don't keep batflower too wet, but never let it dry out either. Be sure an irrigation system is in place if you are not able to water this plant daily during dry weather.
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