Spring is here and soon the foliage will begin to appear on the trees that were barren in the winter. One of the messages of spring is that plants are reborn once again similar to the resurrection that Christians observe on Easter. One of the most popular Easter gifts is the Easter lily, which is a beautiful flower that adorns the altars of churches and is a symbol of spring. However, there is a plant that is not as attractive as the Easter lily, yet it is much hardier and is symbolic of spring as well as Easter, the resurrection plant. Curling up into a ball, the resurrection plant opens up like a flower when water is added to it.
The scientific name for the resurrection plant is Selaginella lepedopylla, which is a plant species native to North America, Central America and South America. The natural environment of the resurrection plant is the desert where it can survive desiccation for months or years. In the United States, the resurrection plant is found in Texas and Arizona.
The resurrection plant is also called Rose of Jericho, dinosaur plant, doradilla (little golden one) and flor de piedra (stone flower) – – just to name a few examples. Since the resurrection plant existed since historic times, dinosaur plant is also a very appropriate name.
When the Spanish missionaries came to the United States, they saw that the resurrection plant could be used a symbol to turn natives into Christians since it is a plant the regenerates. Being reborn in the Christian faith is a principle that all Christians share no matter their denomination.
The story of the resurrection plant should inspire all of us, especially when we begin a new adventure in life. Sometimes we must reinvent ourselves after failure only to come back stronger and better than ever before. When we change our direction in life and delve into something new, then we are reborn again like the resurrection plant.
You do not need a green thumb to care for the resurrection plant since it is so strong and resilient. You will find the resurrection plant in many shops in Newark, New Jersey, for it is a very popular house plant among Newarkers. When you purchase your resurrection plant, it will contain directions inside the box. You should get a container or decorative bowl to place your resurrection plant. This plant needs no dirt only water from time to time. The resurrection plant benefits from staying dry and should not always be in water.
During the summer months, you can take your resurrection plant outside since it will benefit from sunlight. When you place your resurrection plant in a container or bowl with water, you will see it come to life. After the resurrection plant absorbs the water, it will curl up into a ball once again reaching a dormant state.
Since spring and Easter are times of rejuvenation, can you think of a better gift than the resurrection plant? During those momentous times in your life, add water to the resurrection plant to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and graduations as well as other occasions. The resurrection plant is a special gift of nature that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come.