ROSE OF JERICHO
The Rose that opens and close. This plant the Real Rose of Jericho
have the remarkable ability to survive in a curled up, dormant, brown, dessicate state for years, and then the plant open up and turn green with a bit of water.
After the Rose Of Jericho returning to a lovely green, the plant go dormant again when their water source is removed, The plant can be revived again after dormant.
This cycle of the Rose Of Jericho can be repeated for years. The skeptical, accusatory Sir Thomas Browne,
in his Pseudodoxia Epidemica, or "Vulgar Errors" (1646), wrote about the Rose Of Jericho - Anastatica hierochuntica:
"The Rose of Jericho, that flourishes every year just about Christmas Eve, is famous in Christian reports; which notwithstanding
we have some reason to doubt, and are plainly informed by Bellonius, it is but a Monastical imposture, as he hath delivered in his observations,
concerning the Plants in Jericho. That which promoted the conceit, or perhaps begot its continuance, was a propriety in this Plant the Rose Of Jericho.
For though it be dry, yet will it upon imbibition of moisture dilate its leaves, and explicate its flowers contracted, and seemingly dried up. And this is to
be effected not only in the Plant yet growing, but in some manner also in that which is brought exuccous and dry unto us. Which quality being observed,
the subtlety of contrives did commonly play this shaw upon the Eve of our Saviour Nativity, when by drying the Plant again, it closed the next day, and so
pretended a double mystery: referring unto the opening and closing of the womb of Mary". In any case, the plant Rose Of Jerich is often kept
dormant in the home -- sometimes the plant handed down through the generations -- and brought out at Christmas time, along with the Christmas decorations,
to blossom for a while and adorn the Christmas table, and then the plant, all symbolizing the opening and closing of Mary's womb.
When in nature in this state, it blows about the desert like tumble weed until it lands at a site with water. Then it drinks in the moisture and opens up to look like this. The plant Rose Of Jerich usually sold in its dormant state. There is no need to plant it in soil, simply place it in a bowl of water and it will open up within 1-2 hours. Change the water daily, and when ready to put it away, just let the plant dry out for a week.
Real Rose of Jericho
THE HOLY LAND Rose Of Jerich It's the Christmas miracle plant! That grows in the holy land -
Israel between Jerusalem and the dead sea.
On the dry landscapes of Israel, the Rose Of Jerich - Anastatica hierochuntica.
dries up, breaks free of its roots, and rolls, spreading its seeds along the way,
similarly to that iconic tumble weed. More along the lines of a sea sponge,
the plant will suck up water through its capillary system long after it's officially dead.
The ROSE OF JERICHO shouldn't sit in water too long, though. After a week it starts getting mould.
This is perhaps the only drawback of the miracle plant.
You can buy the the real Rose Of Jerich by ordering it from this site. The Virgin Mary blessed the eternal plant during the flight from Nazareth to Egypt. These days the plant represents new beginnings, hope, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. One man told me that the ROSE OF JERICHO is traditionally passed on to the next generation as an important part of one's inheritance.