Old Man's Beard, Black Moss, Florida Moss, Hanging Moss, Long Beard, Long Moss, New Orleans Moss, Southern Moss, Tree Beard, Vegetable Hair, Grey Moss, Air Plant, Airplant
Tillandsia usneoides is also commonly known as Spanish Moss, however it has no relation to the moss family. In fact, this species lies in the Bromeliaceae family. It is a tiny epiphyte, gaining moisture from the surrounding air. This flowering "air" plant grows in the upper reaches of tall trees or other structures and uses the scales on the leaves and its curving structure to anchor itself. Produces small, 3-petalled yellow-green flowers and narrow, linear foliage coloured silver-white.
Simply divide strands for use in arrangements.
The plant in nature self-seeds. It is tricky to propagate from seed and it is easier to take a part of the plant and attach it to a piece of bark. Spray with a mister for humidity.
The easiest propagation method is simply dividing the strands.
Birds use Spanish moss as nest making material. Serves as habitats for frogs, bats, snakes and spiders.
Grows well near the outside of air-condition vents, dripping fluids unto the plant.
Arrange these on a hedge to grow into a screen.
South Eastern United States, Mexico, Bermuda, West Indies, Central America
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Grown for the unusual foliage, it has become popular with floral designers.
Red bugs (also known as harvest mites), and mealy bug might effect this plant.
Generally grown in solitary or on trees.