The most unusual plant in my garden…


Ear like bracts stand at attention above the cat-like whiskers of this unusual plant.


The Tacca Chantrieiri has many common names: Bat Flower, Black Bat Flower, Cats Whiskers, Devil Flower, Bat Head Lily, Bat Plant, Devil’s Tongue, Black Tacca, Jews Beard, Voodoo Flower.


It is a native to tropical areas of Southeast Asia including Thailand, Malaysia, and southern China: particularly Yunnan Province. Tucked away in a shady corner ofΒ my garden it bursts into spectacular flower at this time of the year as I slowly wilt in the heat and humidity that it thrives in.

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50 thoughts on “The most unusual plant in my garden…

  1. What a beautiful plant, Pauline. Your garden is a real delight.

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  3. Such an amazing looking flower, Pauline. It sort of reminds me of Cruella Devil. πŸ™‚


  4. Hi, Pauline. Just stopped here again after a long time. And the flower is wonderfully greeting me. πŸ˜€


  5. poppytump

    It’s a real stunner Pauline ! I love its exotic overtones of form and colour ….


  6. What a stunner Pauline! We visited Yunnan when we were in China but never saw anything like this! Must have been the wrong season. As the US battles a major snowstorm we find it hard to sympathize with your complaint about the heat LOL!


  7. You do share the most exquisite of blooms.. Wonderful.. Have a Blessed weekend Pauline xx Sue


  8. It is truly amazing, but I have to be honest – a little worrying too. It looks a plant with an agenda.


  9. Bizarre collection of names but such a beauty. πŸ™‚
    Shivering as the rain pounds our window. It was raining in Melbourne when I put the tennis on earlier. Unfair distribution of ‘wealth’ πŸ™‚ Off to Leeds to see our son today. Hoping for better πŸ™‚


  10. Wow! That is amazing!!


  11. What an absolute beauty, thanks for showing me this one πŸ™‚


  12. Amazing!


  13. oh what an unusual beauty. Thanks for sharing this gem.


  14. What a lovely bloom πŸ™‚


  15. You do get some really exotic plants up your way, and that one is amazing. I know what you mean about melting in the humidity, I even notice that in Sydney, but colourful plants seem to thrive, while I wilt!


    • It is hard to put up with the summer weather and this weekend it is back into the 30’s then a storm coming, but that should cool it down a bit, and we need the rain

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  16. That IS unusual. It looks like a giant spider on an orchid. πŸ™‚ What fun to have this in your garden!



  17. Very unusual indeed, almost alien!


  18. Such an extraordinary plant PP. I have never seen one (except on your blog)


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