Catholic lore speaks of the Rose of Jericho in relation to Jesus, his crucifixion and resurrection. The plant was said to bloom regularly and consistently while Jesus was alive. Upon his death, the plant mysteriously shriveled up and all of its flowers withered away. When Jesus was resurrected three days later, the plant blossomed once again in symbolic celebration of his rebirth.
Christians continue to incorporate the Rose of Jericho into their religious observances. The plant is displayed in a bowl of water during the Christmas season. It is brought out again on Easter, in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifice and resurrection. In keeping with the religious traditions of Catholic families, the plant is often passed down from generation to generation.
In addition, followers of Hoodoo use Rose of Jericho in conjuring spells and to improve one’s prosperity. The water that the plant sits in is believed to contain powerful magic. The Rose of Jericho is an interesting plant, thought to erase negative influences, bring peace, harmony and abundance. The water from the Rose of Jericho is used to cleanse ones self before ritual and can also be brushed in your doorways to bring protection.
The plant should be laid in a shallow dish of water, making sure only its roots are covered and placed by your front door to invite prosperity into your home or office. Let the plant sit for no more than seven days at a time, as it will begin to rot after prolonged exposure to water. Use a paint brush or Q-tip to outline the doorways of your home and business with the water of the Rose of Jericho to bring you abundance and wealth. Place five coins in the water to increase your opportunity for success.