The rose of Jericho is a precious plant that belongs to the Selagineláceas family, which in turn receives the diminutive of Selago. The smallest species are often confused with moss since they are very similar, and comprise more or less about 700 species that are distributed around half the world. In Spain, we only find two natural species but they are very beautiful so it does not matter that there are no more.
It is a plant that does not usually exceed 60 centimeters in height, so it is perfect for both indoors and outdoors. The stems can grow upright or creep. The Rose of Jericho is one of the most common species, which has the official name Selaginella Lepidophylla.
Most important care of the rose of Jericho
- Lighting: It does well anywhere, but it does much better if it is in a shady area, especially during the summer when the sun is strongest.
- Temperature: it is not recommended that it be at temperatures below 16ºC, and very extreme hot temperatures do not do well either.
- Humidity: it needs it in a high degree, so if it is very hot it is convenient to spray the leaves daily.
- Cultivation: it can be grown in pots or terrariums, and is perfect for decorating rockeries. It can be planted at any time of the year, there is no time that is better than another for it.
- Soil: you should provide a soil rich in organic and soft substances. Ideally, the compound should contain at least peat and sand.
- Pests and diseases: it is a plant very prone to aphids attack, so you should monitor it frequently to prevent it from being attacked.
- Multiplication: it is done in a very simple way, and it is best to do it by division into clumps, always during the spring.