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PlantFiles: White Bat Flower
Tacca integrifolia

Family: Taccaceae
Genus: Tacca (TAK-kah) (Info)
Species: integrifolia (in-teg-ree-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral macybee On Nov 28, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Found naturally in Southeast Asia and from eastern India to southern China, this upright species has lance-shaped leaves up to 24" long. The flowers, which open in summer and are carried in racemes of up to 30 blooms, are purple-red to brown and are backed by 4 green to purple-tinted bracts. Filaments up to 8" long hang from the flowers.
Zones: 10-12
These frost-tender plants can be grown outdoors in tropics and subtropics, but elsewhere require the protection of a greenhouse. They need a humid atmosphere, some shade and a peaty soil. Water amply in summer, but allow to dry out almost totally in winter. Propagate by division of the rhizomes or from seed, if available, in spring.

Positive Doctorm On Aug 30, 2005, Doctorm from Charlotte, NC wrote:

I have grown both white and black bat flowers for years. Lately they have languished and would not grow. I repotted the white bat flowers in new medium consitsing of half Canadian Peat and the rest a mixture of decomposed bark, perlite, fine orchid bark, fine charcoal - probably any good potting mix. The newly repotted plants have taken off and produed phenomenal root growth in a matter of days (not weeks) with new, thick roots at soil level growng several centimeters a day. I have been told they like a pH of 5.5, and our water has a pH of 8 - so the reporting into peat must have adjusted the pH. Anyway, try this and see what happens. Yes they like humid air, lots of light but not direct sun, moderate fertilizer during summer. One plant went from 1 ft tall to over 2 feet tall and thre feet wide in a matter of weeks.

Neutral snowhermit On Sep 1, 2002, snowhermit from Woodsville, NH (Zone 4a) wrote:

A very unusual flower. Plant must be in humid envirement and away from any wind or breeze as the leaves wind burn easily.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brea, California
Oceanside, California
Big Pine Key, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Deland, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Fort Myers, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Miami, Florida (2 reports)
Port Charlotte, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Henderson, Nevada
Houston, Texas

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