The black bat flower may be one of the scariest flowers I've ever seen. Just in time for Halloween.
If I turned around at Fly Me To The Moon and saw one of these on my counter I would probably scream.
But, since I was in the company of my fellow floral designers at Associated Cut Flowers when I first laid eyes on it, screaming was not really an option.
Luckily the bucket of black bat flowers, or Tacca Chantrieri, was perched high atop a shelf where no one could run into them by accident.
You have to admit the picture I took of the bat flower looks a lot more creepy than the first one. And let's face it. They really do look like bats.
Bat Flower Information:
"Bat Flower - Amazing Predator Faced Plant" - an introduction to the bat flower
"Investment Placed in Anti-Cancer Research" - potential cancer fighting agent in the bat flower
"Deceptivie Petals: 7 Orchid Mimics" - bat flower mimics types of orchids
"Black Bat Plant: How to Care for A Devil Plant" - learn the various names of this most unusual flower
At $12.50 per stem wholesale, I doubt that there'll be a run on the bat flowers. But for a scary yet sophisticated Halloween Party centerpiece, they'd be my first choice.