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What Is the Rose of Jericho?

The original rose of Jericho is a small, flowering plant that grows up to 12 inches (30 cm). This quirky plant has am interesting resistance to drying out. In fact, it can survive in extremely dry climates. When the rose of Jericho is exposed to environments with little moisture, it curls into a dry ball similar to a tumbleweed. In this form, it hibernates to protect its flowers on the inside. It does this until it receives water and can actually go without water for up to 10 years.

This repeating process of hibernation that this plant is able to endure has earned rose of Jericho the alternative name “resurrection plant.” In many cultures it symbolizes transformation, renewal, and prosperity. To people of many faiths, such as Christianity, Santeria, and Hoodoo people use it as a traditional medicine to treat various health conditions, including diabetes, asthma, the common cold, menstrual cramps, and arthritis pain, as well as to facilitate labor.

I personally like to use this plant in New Years rituals as well as in conjure oils that are used with the intentions of attracting money (which you can buy here)

or if you're interested in a kit intended for new beginnings I also have a prosperity box that includes both a money oil and a rose of Jericho, amongst other things.

As far as care goes, if you want to keep it as a house plant it's best in a shallow bowl somewhere near a window with the root ball fully submersed in water. For the first 4-6 weeks its best to change the water every couple of days. There are some instructions that even say to let your plant dry out every two weeks or so to build its resistance towards mold. Another great tip is to add coins into your bowl as proper Feng shui to increase wealth in a home. Either way you choose to work with your rose of Jericho, I'm sure the results will be satisfying.

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