August 12, 2012


Tacca chantrieri
Activate: Fierce compassion
Message: Advocate for yourself + others.

I discovered the Black Bat Flower in the Naples Botanical Garden in Naples, Florida. A flower that typically only grows in Southeast Asia, the Black Bat Flower is one of the craziest, most interesting flowers I’ve ever seen.

While gazing deep into the flower, I experienced many strange sensations. The scent is really interesting too - I remember taking a deep inhalation of the flower and then writing down notes to describe it. After the first whiff I literally wrote down “scary ... with a softness behind it”. The second time I smelled it, it was just all sweetness and purity. Black Bat helps us face a lot of facets of ourselves that would be scary, that’s part of the reason why it can be disconcerting to stare into the flower.

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Why it's Special

The color and shape of Black Bat Flower are super intriguing, with two large black bat wing petals reaching out to the sides, with an array of long, skinny string-like ‘whiskers’ coming out from the sides. In Asia, sometimes the flower is called Tiger Whiskers for that reason. In the center of the flower are little black protrusions that, when in full bloom, remind me of an eel with its mouth open and all the teeth bared.

I’ve never seen a flower that has elements of so many animals in it! I was curious about the symbolism of each animal and how that related to the Doctrine of Signatures. Here’s the summary of my research:

Bat represents seeing through an illusion. They are intuitive, aware, and sensitive to others’ feelings. Bats have strong family ties, and they teach us to love our enemies as ourselves and encourage us to kill our ego.

Tiger represents courage, willpower and personal strength. It also symbolizes the subconscious emotions of anger and fear within you or someone you know.

Eel represents a spiritual transformation so profound that even our families may not recognize us; one that takes us to tremendous depths of our being and helps us overcome great obstacles. Also, we may want to look at the relationship of giving and taking in our lives, as well as review boundaries, finding a healthy balance between tolerance and protecting ourselves.

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The Black Bat flower originates from tropical areas like Burma, China and Thailand and is a very rare flower, listed on the endangered species list.

It’s also incredibly difficult to grow, because it likes consistently moist soil combined with a slight breeze, so they don’t like greenhouses. Plant lovers who have worked with this flower say that it will not adapt to the grower or the growing conditions. They are not particularly demanding once they're given everything they need, but you must give Black Bat Flowers what they require.


What it Reveals

If you're attracted to the Black Bat Flower, you may be adapting too much - going with the flow too often - when what's truly necessary is for you to speak you mind and state your case clearly. Or there may be someone in your life who needs your support - a child, animal, co-worker - who may not be able to speak for themselves, and needs your help. Advocating for yourself or others may be in order.

We only experience wariness of this flower when we’re afraid of the power behind our own anger. Black Bat Flower helps us discover the sources of our deepest anger and fears in a way we can see repeating patterns, thereby gaining insight + the ability to respond wisely. It shows us how to use the energy of anger for beneficial use, turning it into courage and strength.

Anger, though not a pleasant emotion, can teach us when others have crossed the line. It's okay to bare your teeth when necessary.  

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What the Elixir Catalyzes

Just as Black Bat flower requires specific growing conditions, we require certain conditions for thriving. When we don't speak up, we may feel resentful or disappointed. Black Bat Flower wakes up a healthy sense of righteousness in us.

It catalyzes right behavior and virtuous accomplishing through baring our teeth to protect and honor ourselves and others. For example, it's a good flower elixir for new mothers, to develop protective strength and eliminate fear and insecurities around being a mother.

Black Bat Flower’s special quality harnesses the power of anger, dissolving the violent qualities and transforming it into elegance, or anger that’s purely motivated by fierce compassion and protection of what we love. It helps us project ourselves and our voice, awakening our fearlessness and readiness to be our own best advocate, protector and to stand up for ourselves and others.

Black Bat Flower gives us a burst of strength, confidence and the power to propel ourselves forward. We can use our life’s ‘madness’ to promote goodness, and liberating our initial anger response can lead to profound insights, funneling the energy into communication, passion and drive. Anger can be used to get things done, make a stand and be a force for good in the world.

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Black Bat also has a purifying element to its qualities, cleansing and expelling impurities and insecurities. It’s as if it consumes all of the poisons and toxins in your mind. One of my teachers has often said, “Poison cures poison.” Black Bat Flower is a poisonous plant, but its (homeopathically diluted) flower elixir has tremendous detoxing abilities, dissolving dread, fear, worry and emotional debris.

It even cuts through intense fears and panic like paranoia, phobias, fear of being seen, watched or exposed, fear of going crazy and fear of spiders and snakes. It also dissolves fear of public speaking and speaking up.

This flower is indicated for when experiencing the ‘dark night of the soul’ or our deepest fears and obsessions. It is a helpful elixir for hospice, as it can be indicated during transitions, especially if the person transitioning is experiencing a great deal of fear, panic or high stress.

Black Bat is also part of the Truthteller blend. 

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Drawn to the superpowers of Black Bat?
Experience its magic with the Black Bat Flower Elixir!



In Essence

{Magnifies}: Strength, confidence, power to propel yourself forward; power to project your voice; advocate for yourself + others; fierce compassion, protective anger and productive ferocity

{Dissolves}: Rational and irrational fears; physical and mental toxins, impurities and insecurities; fear, panic, obsession or high stress; dread or worry

Love + flower petals, 

Katie Hess Signature LOTUSWEI

2 Responses

Jeff Wilson
Jeff Wilson

September 05, 2019

I have 8 bat flowers. Im waiting for them to bloom

Dietlinde Hansbauer
Dietlinde Hansbauer

April 12, 2019

Loved your article. At present I have a Black Bat Plant forest. 32 flowers – amazing. I must ha e the absolute perfect growi g conditions – due to humidity and rain in the last couple of weeks. If you like I send you images. So your arti le makes me proud that I achieve the impossible! Thank you. Linda

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