Raising a Bat Flower

It all started when I spent the morning stalking dragonflies among some water-lilies at the local botanical garden.

I ended up taking a rogue turn toward the bonsai collection which was too near the gift shop. Said gift shop was hosting a rare plant sale, and, after several events of which most are a blur, I found myself exiting as the new owner of a Tacca integrifolia, or white batflower, a tropical, Asiatic plant that I am not entirely certain I will be able to keep alive.

Thus began Project Batwing, the epic, arduous journey of me trying to nurse a yellow cluster of leaves into dramatic, black and white flowers reminiscent of Hollywood yesteryear. This is her story.


Project Batwing: The Story

Yzma Olivia’s Growth Stats