Resurrection Plant


The Resurrection Plant lives in the desert. It exists as a dried ball of twigs and is blown around the desert. It can exist in this state for a hundred years being blown round the desert waiting to land in water.

If it lands in water, its dry limbs absorb water and unfurl. But it needs another miracle – it needs rain to fall on its branches to dislodge its seeds – once on the ground these push up above ground and in a few weeks flower and develop seeds of their own.

The sun then kills them but their seeds live on. These then wait for the rain to return even if that is a century from now.

At this time of Easter, when we celebrate the resurrection, we too have the opportunity of landing in water, to flower and be fruitful.