Herbalism: The Rose Of Jericho

The Rose Of Jericho (Selaginella Lepidophylla) is a very common amulet for protection and prosperity among Afro-Latin practitioners. This plant is bought dry, and “resurrected” by placing it in shallow water. I got some new ones the past week, and documented the resurrection process, so I thought it would be a good idea to write a new blog post about this lovely and magical plant.

The Gardener Tips

Other than being in a well-lit place, away from cold air drafts, and getting the water changed weekly, this plant needs no more care – and, if you forget to change the water and it gets dry again, do not worry! You can resurrect them many times. This plant loves dry and warm places, so water should always be at room temperature when you change it; do not add more than 1/2 inch of water, or the plant could rot.

If you live in a humid climate, or if you are putting the plant in too much water, the Rose Of jericho can develop mold easily – just wash it gently under the running tap to remove it, change the water (and add less this time) and move the pot to a warmer place.

An extra tip – I add a small dropper of liquid fertilizer once a month to the water, in order to give the plants the nutrients they need. Plants cannot survive only on water!

The Witch Tips

Most practitioners believe that the water absorbs the negativity around it, so just throw away the water when you change it. Personally, I do not adhere to this belief, but certainly I am not doing anything with water that has been sitting on an open pot for a week, so I throw it away too.

Of course, since it is a protection and prosperity talisman, practitioners sometimes add coins, gemstones or other amulets to the water – that, of course, should be adapted to your specific path, but in my opinion there is no need to add anything if the plant is well cared for. Witch, Keep It Simple is one of my life mottos!

Can you use Blessed water to feed it? Absolutely! In my opinion, all plants are talismans, and all plants have knowledge to teach, so I do this with all my plants – and I swear by this method. Blessed water makes the plant grow stronger, and feeds something of spiritual value to the Spirit that governs the plant.

Can the dry plant be used in prosperity and protection spells? YES. Actually, when I buy mine, I always get an extra one to add to my herbal powders and incenses. So, if you have one, and your weather does not allow you to keep it healthy while “alive”, don’t get frustrated – my recommendation is to let it dry fully and powder it for other magical uses.

And, remember that this is just a plant, and it won’t live forever, no matter how well you care for it. I usually change mine yearly for new ones, and let the old plant dry completely for spellwork use.

In the following pictures, the process of the resurrection – the first one below these lines is a picture of the dry plants, just as they were bought.

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After about an hour of being in water – you can already see green spots on the inner parts of the plant.

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After three hours, unfurling beautifully!

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About 24 hours later, fully opened and regaining their lovely green colour.

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After about a week, fully open, and moved to a larger pot.

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