Rose of Jericho Resurrection Plant
Resurrection plants (Selaginella) are also known as trailing spike moss or spreading club moss. Resurrection plants are perennial plants that can survive years of neglect and drought conditions. The fernlike plant turns brown and shrivels up when it doesn't have water for more than 24 hours. The plant will be completely dormant until it receives water, and when it does, the plant resurrects and greens up in a few hours.
This plant is making a big comeback in the magical world, although it has been hanging out for quite a while. Literally. This plant can last for years, in it’s tumbleweed state, with no water.
Selaginella lepidophylla is what is commonly referred to as Rose of Jericho Resurrection Plant in the magical circle, but did you know that is’t it’s real name? It is a tumbleweed as well as a resurrection plant but is also has many nicknames including: flower of stone, false rose of Jericho, resurrection moss, dinosaur plant, siempre viva, stone flower, and doradilla. The real Rose of Jericho is Anastatica, named by John Gerard in the 16th century found in the Middle East, Africa, Palestine, and Egypt. The plant we are talking about today is found in the Americas, in arid climates discovered by the Spanish missionaries.
There are many magical properties associated with the Resurrection Plant.
- This is a plant said to be an everlasting plant with magical properties. Place the plant in a saucer or shallow bowl of water and watch it grow. The water is said to have mystical qualities and can be sprinkled about the house to erase negative influences, bring peace, harmony and abundance.
- Carry dry clippings on your person to absorb negative energy. The Rose of Jericho is said to erase negative influences, bring peace, harmony and abundance.
- It is is a rare magickal botanical, sought after for use in Voodoo and Santeria traditions for love and money spells. While another traditional Witchraft use is to use the water to cleanse yourself self before ritual or spell work, wash floors, doorways and anoint candles