Rose of Jericho
The Rose of Jericho, Selaginella lepidophylla, grows in the Chihuahuan Desert, located in the United States and Mexico. When no water is present, the plant curls inward and lays dormant for years on end. When it encounters water, it opens itself up and restores its vibrant green color.
Catholic lore speaks of the Rose of Jericho in relation to Jesus, his crucifixion and resurrection. The plant was said to bloom regularly and consistently while Jesus was alive. Upon his death, the plant mysteriously shriveled up and all of its flowers withered away. When Jesus was resurrected three days later, the plant blossomed once again in symbolic celebration of his rebirth.
Christians continue to incorporate the Rose of Jericho into their religious observances. The plant is displayed in a bowl of water during the Christmas season. It is brought out again on Easter, in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. In keeping with the religious traditions of Catholic families, the plant is often passed down from generation to generation.
Followers of Hoodoo use Rose of Jericho in conjuring spells and to improve one’s prosperity. The water that the plant sits in is believed to contain powerful magic.
Santeria associates the plant with the Orisha Shango, the spirit of thunder and lightning. The plant is placed on his altar as an offering. Rose of Jericho is also said to bring happiness to those who bless themselves with the plant.
- Listing is For One Plant
- About 5" Dried ( Size Varies When Open)
- The plant should be laid in a dish of water, making sure only its roots are covered. Let the plant sit for no more than seven days at a time, as it will begin to rot after prolonged exposure to water.