Rose of Jericho

Also Called:Maryam’s Flower, Flower of St Mary, St. Mary’s Flower, Mary’s Flower, and white mustard flower


The Rose of Jericho, sometimes called the “Resurrection Plant,” is considered highly magical. There are two species: one native to the arid regions of Western Asia and the Sahara desert (Anastatica hieroch- untica), the other (Selaginella lepidophylla, or the “False Rose of Jericho”), native to the Chihuahuan Desert of the United States and Mexico.

After the rainy season passes, the small plant curls its branches and seedpods inward in the dry season, forming a tight ball that appears completely dead. It can survive for years in its dormant form, and it is sometimes uprooted and blown by the wind like a tumbleweed. When the plant is re-introduced to water, it unfurls its branches and turns a vibrant green, appearing to come back to life. It is considered a highly magical plant by many spiritual communities, including Catholic traditions, and is associated with ritual magic in both Hoodoo and Santeria.

Invoking the Power of the Rose of Jericho The plant should be laid in a dish of water, making sure only its roots are covered. Place the plant in a shallow bowl of water by your front door or in your place of business to invite prosperity. Place five coins in the water to increase your opportunity for success.

Add water as needed, and the water should be changed every 7 days as the plant can begin to rot after prolonged exposure to the same water. You can save the water to use in rituals -- the water is considered highly magical and brings prosperity, abundance, and protection when used in spiritual baths, floor washes, on doors and entry ways, etc. It can also be used to promote clairvoyance.