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Rose of Jericho

Regular price $6.00 USD
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The Rose of Jericho, also known as the Resurrection Plant, is a miracle of nature. It has an unusual ability to "come back to life", when placed in water or replanted. It dries up and curls into a ball until re-awakened, which only takes a few hours. This is a type of moss that's native to desert regions, where it blows around like tumbleweed after all its water source has depleted. The plant rolls around until finds water again and repeats the process.

Though the Rose of Jericho is hard to kill, here are some things to keep in mind:

Don’t leave it in water for too long, as this can cause it to rot. Let a Rose of Jericho rest in between watering instead of leaving it in water indefinitely. This allows it to dry out and refresh between periods in water, which will keep the plant alive longer. These plants are actually very long-lived and have even been passed down generations in families!

When you purchase your Rose of Jericho, it will look like a brown, dried-up ball of moss, which is basically what it is. It does have roots, but they don’t actually need to attach, so you don’t need soil (it’s more like hydroponics).

To “plant,” fill a small pot or bowl without drainage holes (first time you’ve heard that, right?) with pebbles or gravel, and fill with water until the pebbles are just barely submerged. Perch your Rose of Jericho on top so that the roots touch the water. Place in indirect light (like on a countertop in a sunny kitchen) and watch it spread!

Tip: Use distilled water or let tap water sit out overnight for the chlorine and any other chemicals evaporate before adding to your plant.

Don’t let the plant get too hot or too cold. Most room temperatures are fine, but watch for drafts and vents. Although a Rose of Jericho is native to desert environments, it can still be sensitive to extreme fluctuations in temperature.

A Rose of Jericho will thrive in good light, but if it curls up in low light (or if you put it away in a closet for safekeeping over the winter) you can always revive it!

Is it Toxic?
It’s hard to find a definitive answer since this plant is relatively new on the houseplant scene. However, as a member of the spikemoss family, Selaginella lepidophylla (false Rose of Jericho, the more common one you’re most likely to find) may be toxic to cats, so it’s best to play it safe and keep your Rose of Jericho out of reach of your furry friends, or choose a different plant altogether.

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