The Plant that Cheats Death: Rose of Jericho / Resurrection Plant Care Guide



Imagine a plant that can survive without water for years, curling up into a ball and appearing lifeless, only to spring back to life with a splash of water. This isn’t a science fiction concept but a real-life marvel of nature.

Meet the Selaginella lepidophylla, the Resurrection plant, or the Rose of Jericho.

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This plant truly embodies the phrase, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Classification & Habitat of Selaginella Lepidophylla

It belongs to the Selaginellaceae plant family, a spore-bearing vascular plant known as spike mosses. Despite its common name, the Rose of Jericho, it’s not a rose but a desert-dwelling spikemoss species.

Unique Characteristics: How Resurrection Plants Work

The plant curls into a tight ball, appearing as nothing more than a dead tumbleweed. But don’t be fooled by its dormant state. The plant’s ingenious strategy is to conserve water and protect its vital structures from the harsh desert environment.

How to Use Rose of Jerico & Cultural Significance

In modern times, Selaginella lepidophylla has found a place in various traditional rituals, particularly those related to prosperity and money-drawing magic. Its symbolism of resurrection and renewal makes it a powerful tool in these practices.

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