You might be wondering by now, what does “xylem” even mean? And why the “rising”? Allow me.

XYLEM
xy·lem
/ˈzīləm/
noun, botany
1. The vascular tissue in plants that conducts water and dissolved nutrients upward from the root and also helps to form the woody element in the stem.

(There’s also the “phloem”, but we won’t get into that here.)

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Mendocino Coast, California

Since the xylem only moves in one direction (upward), hence the name Xylem Rising. The “rising” also signifies personal and spiritual upliftment, rising above, enlightenment, and positivity. The xylem gives plants support, structure, and helps keep them rooted in the ground. Metaphysically, this translates to me as being grounded in the mind, body, heart, soul, and spirit.

So not only is this name scientifically accurate, it also means something very personal and sacred to me.

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I see Xylem Rising as a way to describe the learning process, and in particular, about plants. Knowledge is growth. Knowledge is power. Growth and power are both uplifting.

Also, it works really well to describe some of the plant home decor items featured in my up-and-coming online shop!


May we all stay connected to the Earth and feel the ground on our feet, the dirt in our hands, and the peace in our hearts when we’re close to Mother Nature. Let us be grounded so that we can grow tall with compassion for others and self, and let our spirits rise high.

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~CRK.

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