Spanish Moss

One of the most visually romantic components of the Coastal Southern landscape, Spanish Moss is a bromeliad, Tillandsia usneoides. 

Spanish moss prefers to grow on certain trees that have well spaced horizontal branches like Live Oaks and Cypresses.

Individual plants wrap around one another and host plants which provide nothing but a place to hang. They draw nutrients and water from the air. We have Spanish Moss on the northern parts of our property closer to a creek, none to the south which was fine by my MIL and her SIL who didn’t want Spanish Moss starting in their pecan trees.

My nephew says he always brought home some Spanish Moss to north Georgia when they went to Florida when he was a boy and flung it in a tree where it died because of  winter cold and a lack of humidity.
I brought some to the house last spring and hung it on a Shepherd’s hook. Birds took it to line nests.

1 Comment

  1. We have some in the live oak trees at the northernmost edge of our property but thankfully it is not in the cypress trees, except for a string or two. I wouldn’t be happy seeing it mar the beauty of our two cypress trees.

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