Tacca integrifolia, the white flowering tacca
Why bat plant? the large white 'ears' maybe? or white wings? not sure what the long filaments have to do with a bat, but as usual, talk to people about a tacca and they look at your with a blank stare. Say, "uh,I meant bat plant", and they knowingly nod thinking there was a momentary lapse into insanity.
Here in Central Florida, this plant does well in semi-shade, planted in moist humus-rich garden soil. It seems to be happy with its neighbor Farfugium japonicum.
I tried to grow the black flowering tacca with no success even though it is said to easier to grow then the white tacca.
Taccas flower in late summer through fall and one can find them for sale in the box stores around Halloween. I recommend getting the largest plant you can find and afford, the smaller ones seem to have a harder time to get established.
|long filaments, or whiskers?|