White Bat Flower

Tacca integrifolia

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


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

Medium Purple

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 t... read more


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.