Spanish Moss - Tillandsia usneoides
Spanish Moss - Tillandsia usneoides - Air plant
- low maintenance and easy to take care
- plant without soil
- just hanging on the high spot to prevent too much moisture
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is not a moss but a flowering plant that grows over trees, however it doesn’t leach nutrients from them. It is native in North, Central and South America and belongs to the family of Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae), family of pineapples. It is an epiphytic. Epiphytes (air plants) are those that sit or grow on other plants but they do not use energy of host plant or feed on them.
In its natural habitat it colonized not only on trees but also hangs on power lines, wires or stones. Spanish moss shoots, depending on the form can have different thicknesses, are several meters long. Its small flowers are yellowish-green. Like other air plants, it gets water and nutrients from particles in air.