It belongs to the Selaginellaceae plant family, a spore-bearing vascular plant known as spike mosses. Despite its common name, the Rose of Jericho, it’s not a rose but a desert-dwelling spikemoss species.
The plant curls into a tight ball, appearing as nothing more than a dead tumbleweed. But don’t be fooled by its dormant state. The plant’s ingenious strategy is to conserve water and protect its vital structures from the harsh desert environment.
In modern times, Selaginella lepidophylla has found a place in various traditional rituals, particularly those related to prosperity and money-drawing magic. Its symbolism of resurrection and renewal makes it a powerful tool in these practices.