Spanish moss

Spanish moss has been called picturesque and spooky, but whatever you think of it, Spanish moss draping live oaks and bald cypress contributes much to the look of some southern landscapes.

Spanish moss has been called picturesque and spooky, but whatever you think of it, Spanish moss draping live oaks and bald cypress contributes much to the look of some southern landscapes.

Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is a flowering, epiphytic plant belonging to the bromeliad family. This makes it related to the plant that produces pineapples, which also is a bromeliad.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston.

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