The Desert Rose is a rare, mysterious flower from the island of Coryana. It is a universal-panacea, granting the user perfect recovery from all illness and poisoning.


Many years ago, a group of women from a European village attempted to escape from their abusive households and seek shelter on a island. However, the women's husbands tracked them down and attempted to bring them home by force, only to be confronted by a group of female warriors. A great battle was ensured that caused many casualities, but the blood sustained from the female warriors grew a rose-bush plant throughout the soils of the island that later became known as Coryana. The plant became known as the Desert Rose and it was believed that only a woman's essence would grow the plant as it could cure any illness or poison.[1]

The queen of Coryana, Safiyah Sohail, enacted a rule that the plant was not to be exported from the island because she observed that man is careless with natural resources and she did not want her island or the Desert Rose destroyed wantonly. However, Ocean violated the rule as he planned to leave Coryana with the plant, and Safiyah, jealous of Alice being in love with Ocean, had both of their memories wiped and Alice's subconscious suppressed. This action left Safiyah embittered and Tatiana with an enmity towards Alice.[2]

Beth was somehow able to secure a flower, which she offered as an antidote to the poison she administered to Mary Hamilton and her mother, Catherine, pouring it into a cup of tea. Catherine persuaded Mary to drink the antidote, saving her life.[3]

The panacea persisted in Mary's blood for a while. It was also used by Kate Kane to save the life of a doppelgänger of Alice.[4]

Later, Nocturna was informed about the Desert Rose by Alice and kidnapped Mary to heal her porphyria, but her plan was foiled by Batwoman and Alice herself. Soon after, Mary analyzed her blood and found nothing abnormal.[5]

At some point, Alice had saved a unit of Mary's blood which still had the Desert Rose drug in it. After releasing a swarm of bats (which were infected with the same toxin that had killed Catherine) onto the city (drawn to a rally, where the the citizens of Gotham gathered to demand Batwoman's return, by a device releasing sonar that attracted the colony), Alice gave Mary a pouch of the latter's blood, which Mary then gave to Hamilton Dynamics to mass-produce the antidote in an effort to save the city.[6]

Angered that the panacea was exported from the island, Safiyah hired Victor Zsasz to kill the person who distributed it, making Mary a target, but Victor was foiled by Batwoman.

Meanwhile, a bite victim who had stage four cancer was completely healed by the Desert Rose to a point where medically it appeared that she never had cancer.[2]

Ryan finds the Desert Roses.

After Beth learned that Safiyah had lied to her about the former's missing sister (Kate Kane) being on Coryana, Beth burned all of Safiyah's roses growing on the island. However, when Mary and Luke wound up fighting to defend themselves against one of Safiyah's assassins who attacked the duo back at Wayne Enterprises, the blood of Dire-Flail, whom Julia Pennyworth wound up killing, got on Ryan's plant, which she'd entrusted to Mary for its care. A short time later, due to exposure to the blood, Ryan's potted plant blossomed with a Desert Rose,[7] though Ryan hadn't known the true nature of her plant prior to that occurrence.

Ryan took the blossom from its pot and planted it in the batcave.[8]




  • Unlike other plants; the Desert Rose doesn't (seemingly) need sunlight to survive; as Ryan Wilder had planted one in Batcave; a cave that is deprived of sunlight.
  • As of "Survived Much Worse", the Desert Rose that Ryan had planted in Batcave is the only one left in existence; due to the fact that all the other Desert Roses on Coryana were destroyed by Beth Kane; in retaliation against Safiyah Sohail for deceiving her into believing that her twin sister, Kate Kane was still alive.

Behind the scenes

  • In the DC comics, the Desert Rose is a location within the island of Coryana.


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