The Rose of Jericho when it is dry. It looks like a bulb without life.
The rose of Jericho is a curious plant, one of the wonders of nature.
It looks like a wisp of withered grass but if you put it in water, it will turn green and unfold.
If it is removed from the water, it will dry up again after a short time and curl into a ball (see picture above).
In its natural habitat, it is blown about by the wind and the seeds are dispersed.
Another name for this plant is Odontospermum Pygmaeum.
The Rose of Jericho. Picture shows how it comes back to life with a bit of water.
It is a desert plant. It grows in the sands of Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico.
The rose of Jericho does not die. Even if you put it away in a drawer for several years, it can be brought back to life again by a little water. Thus, the wonder of this plant can be repeated again and again.
In some countries it is a tradition that it is passed on from generation to generation and at Christmas time it is allowed to unfold to the delight of both children and adults.