This magickal plant is symbolic of rebirth or resurrection since it has adapted to survive prolonged drought in its natural environment by rolling itself into a ball to conserve its moisture and can stay this way for years.
Selaginella lepidophylla or the Rose of Jericho is native to the Chihuahuan Desert. It quickly "comes back to life" after it's rehydrated and continues the life cycle, fully recovering its photosynthesis and growth abilities.
Plants that go through an extremely stressful resurrection process are not always able to "rise again". If dehydration has been too rapid, or in the event of irregular alternation of drought and wet conditions, the plant has insufficient time to prepare properly to resist the water stress to which it is subjected. Likewise, the ability to dry up and rehydrate may diminish, in which case, after dozens of cycles of alternate desiccation and regrowth, the plant dies. (Wikipedia.com)
Selaginella lepidophylla has been used as a herbal medicine to treat colds and sore throat. The plant is used in some cultures to invoke love and fortune and is said to absorb "negative energy". Many people save the water that the plant sits in to be used in blessing, cleansing/purification rituals.
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