3-5" Ressurection Rose aka Rose of Jericho
The Rose of Jericho goes from seeming death to life so magically, that it’s not surprising to discover that it is believed to have magical qualities. Believers in Hoodoo say that this plant will bring you prosperity if you add five coins to the water you use to make it unfurl. They leave the plant in the water for a few days before brushing the water onto windows and doors to let prosperity in.
In Santeria, the plant is associated with the spirit of thunder and lightning and is often presented as an offering to the spirit. It is also said to bring happiness to those who bless themselves with it.
Christians, on the other hand, see the plant as being symbolic of the opening of the womb of Mary, so it is often displayed at Christmas. Not surprisingly, they also see the death and resurrection of Christ in its ability to “die” and then recover.
When placed in a bowl of water, it perks up within about four hours. Don’t leave it standing in water for more than a few days, as this will make it rot. Change the water daily, and give it “rests” without water.
You can also grow it as you would an “air plant” or epiphyte. Its roots don’t need to attach to anything, so you can attach it to another plant’s stems or place it on the surface of a pot with pebbles. Mist it down from time to time to keep it looking fresh and lovely, but if you do allow it to wilt by accident, there’s nothing to worry about!
It will need good light and shouldn’t be exposed to very harsh frosts, but frost protection has never been easier. Pop Rose of Jericho in a cupboard, and plant it again when the weather has warmed up a little.