Roses of jericho

The plant known scientifically as Selaginella lepidophylla, but more commonly called the "rose of Jericho" or "resurrection plant", is a small, inconspicuous herbaceous perennial found throughout much of the world. The plant grows from a small, spherical corm and typically produces one or two narrow leaves each year. Despite its delicate appearance, the rose of Jericho is a remarkably tough plant: it can withstand extended periods of drought, and even after being completely dried out, the plant can be revivified by soaking in water.

The resurrection trait of the rose of Jericho was known to the ancient Egyptians, who used the plant in their embalming process. The plant's ability to remain dormant for long periods of time and then come back to life has long been a source of fascination and speculation; some have even claimed that the plant possesses the ability to bring dead matter back to life.

While the resurrection plant is not actually capable of raising the dead, its ability to remain viable in harsh conditions is fascinating nonetheless. The plant is able to do this by entering into a state of suspended animation, during which its metabolic processes are slowed to a crawl. When conditions improve and the plant is able to absorb water, it resumes normal growth.

The rose of Jericho is not a particularly showy plant, but its unique biology and resilience make it a fascinating addition to any garden. It can be grown from seed or from cuttings, and is tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions.

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