"Oh my God, make them like the wheel; as the stubble before the wind." Psalms 83:13 (KJV)
Sold in Middle Eastern markets as Kaff Mariam, the Rose of Jericho (Anastatica hierochuntica) is a tumbleweed that is found in arid regions of the Middle East and Sahara Desert. When in bloom, it bears small, 4 petaled white flowers. The most commonly used name in English is Rose of Jericho, but it goes by several other common names including dinosaur plant, Jericho rose, Mary's flower, Mary's hand, Palestinian tumbleweed, resurrection plant, St. Mary's flower, true rose of Jericho, and wheel.
The Rose of Jericho is a unique plant because of its ability to dry up and bloom repeatedly despite being uprooted from the earth. After the rainy season, the plant dries up and drops its leaves and its branches curl up into a tight ball. For all intents and purposes, it dies. However, the fruits of the plant remain attached within the ball and can remain dormant for years. When wetted again during the rainy season, the ball uncurls and the fruits open to disperse the seeds. If there is enough water, the seeds disperse and germinate within hours.
The Rose of Jericho has several medicinal properties. If the dried ball is placed in a bowl and allowed to resurrect, the resulting water can then be drunk by women in labor to avoid labor pains. It is also drunk by expectant mothers to ensure a healthy baby. Other medicinal uses include treatment for epilepsy, colds, and amenorrhea.
The Rose of Jericho also has a place in biblical lore. It is said to have been the plant Mary clenched in her hands while giving birth to Jesus. There is an obvious connection between its use by Mary and its use by expectant mothers; however, one can only surmise which of the two came first.
Not surprisingly, the Rose of Jericho is perceived as magickal and miraculous and has found its place within the hoodoo tradition. It is believed to bring peace, power, and abundance to the home. To use the Rose of Jericho, place the dried ball in a bowl filled with water enough to cover the bottom half of the plant. leave it in the bowl of water and watch it unfold into a beautiful plant. Do this at 9:00 in the morning or evening on a Tuesday or a Friday while praying the following prayer:
Divine Rose of Jericho: For the blessings received from our Lord Jesus Christ, for the virtues that you hold and the power considered, help me figure the difficulties of life, give me health, strength, happiness, comfort, and peace in my home, success in my business, ability in wirk, to earn money and cover my necessities for my home and family. All this I ask for the virtues you hold in love to Jesus Christ and his Divine Mercy. Amen
Use the water in which the plant rests to bless your home by sprinkling it in the four corners of each room. Sprinkle in the doorway to remove obstacles and make room for abundance to enter your home. Use the plant with faith and you will see miraculous results.