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Resurrection Plant in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Selaginella lepidophylla syn. Lycopodium lepidophyllum

 

Resurrection Plant

Selaginella are evergreen rhizomatous, mat-forming perennials. They may be small and tufted, or tall and scrambling, with slender stems covered with small scale-like leaves - often fernlike. They develop spores in short terminal spikes. There are many different varieties, and they vary hugely in size, and in the way they grow. Most like high humidity. The name "Resurrection Plant" derives from the fact that this plant, deprived of moisture, curls up into a tight brown ball. As soon as moisture is given it springs back to life with ferny green foliage

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plant Features
  • Resurrection Plant likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Resurrection Plant likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Resurrection Plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Resurrection Plant likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Resurrection Plant

Latin name

Selaginella lepidophylla syn. Lycopodium lepidophyllum

type

evergreen perennial

family

Selaginellaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.3 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Resurrection Plant likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Resurrection Plant is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Resurrection Plant likes moist and free draining

    Moist and free draining

  • Water

    Resurrection Plant likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Resurrection Plant is 0.50meters x 0.30meters 0.50 M 0.30 M

Selaginella lepidophylla syn. Lycopodium lepidophyllum

Selaginella are evergreen rhizomatous, mat-forming perennials. They may be small and tufted, or tall and scrambling, with slender stems covered with small scale-like leaves - often fernlike. They develop spores in short terminal spikes. There are many different varieties, and they vary hugely in size, and in the way they grow. Most like high humidity. The name "Resurrection Plant" derives from the fact that this plant, deprived of moisture, curls up into a tight brown ball. As soon as moisture is given it springs back to life with ferny green foliage


Planting

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

In areas prone to frost, grow under glass in a mixture of two parts loam (John Innes No2) and one part leafmould. Place in bright, filtered light. In Winter months a minimum temperature of 5 deg.C is required. Water with tepid water - never cold water

 

Propagating by spores

From Late Summer TO Mid Autumn

Collect spores in the Autumn, when they are ripe, and sow spores under glass on top of compost, and place the pot or tray in a resealable polythene bag in bright light, at 21 deg.C. After 2-8 weeks the top of the compost should turn green, and prothallia should appear. Mist lightly to encourage fertilisation. After several more weeks the first fronds should appear. When the plants are about 2" high, pot into separate pots, but keep the humidity high by putting the pots in polythene bags

 
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