Locally known as “Spanish Moss” this plant has no relation to the moss family. In fact, Spanish moss is a bromeliad, a specific species of air plant. The botanical name is Tillandsia Usneoides. All the air plants that we sell on our site are in the genus Tillandsia.
Spanish Moss is probably the most common Air Plant in the United States. In fact, I’m sure you’ve probably stumbled upon it… Think of that quintessential southern city. Is it Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans, and Florida.
Spanish Moss is relatively easy to grow. The most common ways are by division, however there is natural propagation that also occurs from seed. In the springtime, after sending out tiny, inconspicuous blooms, thousands of wispy seeds can depart a single clump, blown about to find other host tree branches.
Plant care: These will happily grow as long as they are kept in a warm area, have good air circulation and water is provided. The surrounding temperature should be sixty degrees or higher. Partial sun is preferable. Direct hot sun will dry the moss, especially in indoor environments. Watering Spanish Moss is done like other species of air plants, through water baths or misting.
Spanish Moss can be moved outdoors during the warm season. However, if placed too early in the Spring, birds may steal it away as an exotic, cozy nesting material.Spanish moss flowers open in succession over up to four months from spring through fall. Long Spanish moss stems may grow up to 20 feet long and bear flowers at the terminal ends of their feathery branches
The uses for Spanish Moss are varied. It can be used as mulch, a packing material, insulation or for arts and crafts. At our Etsy shop we give a little bundle of moss to go along with any air plant purchase.