This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A very odd plant was recently given to me that is a native of Western Texas. The roots and leaves seemed perfectly withered and dead. I placed it in a goblet of water, and in a few hours observed that the plant was absorbing the water and returning to life. The leaves when withered had the appearance of a loose half-head of cabbage. As the plant revived the leaves unfolded, and, finally, when entirely resurrected, it lay perfectly flat; the color a rich deep green, and the leaves firm in texture and arborvitae like in appearance. The plant seems to be neither moss nor fern, and yet is like both. After the resurrection I planted it in earth, and unless water is kept in the saucer the leaves begin to curl up. These plants can be kept dried, they say, for five years, and then when planted will revive and grow. I think they will prove admirable plants for ferneries and aquariums.
[The plant referred to by Mrs. White is no doubt a Lycopodium of the section Selaginella, and which is often brought to the North and grown in windows. - Ed. G. M]