Resurrection plant | Houseplant

Selaginella lepidophylla


Are you a plant-killer? Well this one's for you!

This may look like a bundle of crispy, dead leaves, but that's just this plant's party trick. The 'resurrection plant' is probably one of the coolest plants that exists due to its ability to survive almost complete desiccation (drying out). In their native desert habitat, the dormant plant bundle travels across the desert as a tumbleweed until they manage to find water and rehydrate. With just the simple addition of water, you can watch your resurrection plant unfold and return from the dead over the course of a few hours.

This plant does not come in a nursery pot. The plant opens up to measure approx 15cm-20cm across.

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Facts & Stats

Botanical Name

Selaginella lepidophylla



Plant Type

Spike moss

Pet Safe




How to care for your Resurrection plant | Houseplant

Native habitat

Can be found across the deserts of the USA and Mexico.


These plants have no root system so potting soil is not required. A shallow pot with gravel is all you need. To rehydrate your resurrection plant, place the plant in a gravel-filled container with luke-warm water that reaches just above the pebbles. Rest your resurrection plant on top of the pebbles, no need to fully submerge your plant. Watch over the course of a few hours as your plant uncurls and rehydrates. Do this approx. once a month, allowing it the chance to completely dry out inbetween.

Light and position in the home

Your resurrection plant will need plenty of bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sun during hot summer months, especially if placed near a window.

Resurrection plant | Houseplant
Plant killers: we got you

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