More about Rose of Jericho
The Rose of Jericho (Selaginella Lepidopilifera), is a desert fern native to the Middle East and Central America. The name 'rose' is confusing because the plant does not produce colourful flowers, but looks like a round fern with leaves similar to those of conifers.
This particular plant can grow and reproduce for long periods of time in desert areas like a normal plant, until its environment can no longer guarantee its survival. When the flowers and leaves are dead and fallen off, and the plant has lost all its moisture, the dry branches curl inwards and form a round ball. The roots retreat from the soil and the plant allows itself to be blown through the desert wind until one day it has found a damp place where it can continue to grow. The ball unfolds, spreads and sheds its seeds, which germinate. Once the young plants are watered they will quickly shoot into the bud. Even after many years without water, the plant can come back to life. Hence it is often called “plant of resurrection”.
The rose of Jericho is sold in Mexico as a diuretic. It is also used in voodoo rituals and Cuban Santeria to generate love, happiness and money. It is said that the plant absorbs negative energy when carried on the body.
Directions for use:
A completely dehydrated Rose of Jericho curls up and becomes grey and brittle, but when placed in water it will grow again. The leaves unfold, the natural green colour returns and the fern becomes a living organism again. Place the rose in a saucer or bowl for 3 days or more until it is completely green and open. The water often needs to be changed. Let the plant dry out completely after being green and alive for a week.