- Holidays and Celebrations
Everyone Gets a Jericho Rose Exotic Plant from me this Holiday Season
In my opinion, a really fabulous holiday gift for everyone on your list.
I haven't found a perfect gift like this since the year I got everyone a widow's mite for Easter. This is one cool plant that, in my opinion, would make an excellent gift for everyone on your list. It's my top pick this year for several reasons. One, it is loaded with so much meaning. Two, it crosses over several religions and Faiths. Three, it's highly affordable, and therefore, is an easier gift to give to everyone. Most of all, it's unique and really neat! What this little plant is capable of is amazing.
How I Discovered The Rose of Jericho
I was in Salem, Massachusetts a little while back and came across this exotic plant in one of the many shops. It was a lazy Sunday early afternoon, and the sales associate of the shop was dying to have someone come in so he could show his new amazing find, the Rose of Jericho. I had never heard of this unique exotic plant, and I'm guessing I am not alone.
I am so glad I walked into that shop! I eagerly bought one of these plants and excitedly placed it into water when I got home. I expected the process of the plant to come to life again and open over a few days or more. To my surprise and excitement, it opened and was living green in just a few hours. In fact, even within 20 minutes I began to see my Jericho Rose open. It was almost scary, like a zombie plant!
Later that evening I did some research on the computer and discovered that the rose of Jericho goes by many names and is often brought out during Christmas and allowed to open during the holidays. It's a type of evergreen and gives off a fragrant pine scent and since it appears to come alive again, it made sense to me that it's brought out during Christmas. In fact, two of it's common names are "The Resurrection Plant" and "Mary's Plant."
Now, I had bought mine from a pagan witch shop. In modern pagan and Wiccan rituals, the plant is allowed to open, a message to a deceased loved one is then folded and placed on top of the plant while it's open. Then, as the plant closes and completely seals the message within, the message is carried off.
This plant holds meaning and symbolism for so many religions, Faiths, and also for those who simply like plants and or exciting new things. My goodness, it could even be given to a zombie culture lover!
The end result of my research is that that night I knew I had the perfect gift for everyone on my list. Plus, because it is so affordable, I can even include other people on my list. Think school teachers, friends, your child's bus driver, and so on. The list is really endless, and people surely won't forget this one, especially if they have never seen one.
Probably the Most Cool Part
When you purchase this plant or see it anywhere in its dry state, it is completely dry, curled together and appears to be dead.
There is no way anyone would think this plant was alive. In fact, it can be dry for years and years.
You could pack it away in a box, forget about it, and then, bring it out 25 years later. It will still spring to life. It is an amazing species to say the very least.
I half hesitate to show a video, because the thrill and excitement of watching yours come to life for the first time is a great experience. Of course, your Jericho rose won't spring to life as quickly as shown in this time lapse video. However, as I wrote above, it does happen pretty quickly.
A Video of a Jericho Rose Coming to Life
Have you ever heard of or seen this exotic plant?
- If you'd like to learn more about this exotic plant, you may like to read read my lengthier article titled, "The Rose of Jericho - Selaginella lepidophylla."
- If you're curious to hear about my family's reaction to the time I gave everyone a Widow's mite, you may also be interested in reading my article titled, "An Ancient Widow Mite Coin May be a Perfect Unique Gift for Easter", as I also think this would make a wonderful gift for Christmas, Hanukkah or for anyone interested in ancient coin collecting.