The Resurrection Plant, Selaginella lepidophylla, goes by many names including flower of stone, false rose of Jericho, rose of Jericho, resurrection moss, dinosaur plant, siempreviva, stone flower, and doradilla. The Resurrection Plant is a species of spike moss native to the Chihuahuan desert which occupies much of West Texas, Southern New Mexico, Southeastern Arizona, and Northern Mexico. This ecoregion is extremely arid for the majority of the year, however, it is unlike most deserts in that it does receive the occasional monsoon thunderstorm. This unique environment is perfect for The Resurrection Plant as it its a poikilohydric moss.
Poikilohydry is the inability to maintain and/or regulate the amount of water stored in the cells. Generally, poikilohydric plants have adaptations that allow them to tolerate nearly complete dehydration. S. lepidophylla is renowned for its ability to curl into a tight, brittle, brown ball when water is restricted and can survive in this dehydrated state for years! Upon exposure to moisture S. lepidophylla unfurls over the course of about 4 hours and in about 24 hours will turn vibrantly green.
This plant is often used in the spiritual rites of Voodoo, Hoodoo, and Santería. In these spiritual practices, it is believed to bring health and prosperity. Even certain sects of christianity use S. lepidophylla for Easter celebrations.
This plant will ship in the dehydrated state so that you can witness the miraculous transition with your own eyes! To activate, simply place the ball it in a dish of room temperature water, ensuring roots are fully submerged. Allow it to rest in a bright indirect light over the next 48 hours. After the plant has completely resurrected, remove from water and allow the plant to fully dry up before watering again.
Your specimen when resurrected is 8-10 inches in diameter!