Spanish Moss

Common Names: Spanish Moss, Old-Man's Beard, Florida Moss

Botanical names: Tillandsia usneoides, ti-LAND-zee-a us-nee-OI-deez

Availability: Year round

Vase life: Many months

Storage temperatures: Almost any

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Spanish Moss grows in long, grayish-green strands that drape from tree branches, giving it a distinctive appearance. Its slender, thread-like leaves are covered in tiny scales, which help it absorb water and nutrients from the air.

Color: grayish-green

Botanical facts: Spanish moss, scientifically known as Tillandsia usneoides, is an epiphytic flowering plant that belongs to the bromeliad family.

Design notes: Spanish moss can be used as a filler to add volume and texture to floral arrangements. It can be placed at the base of a vase or container to conceal floral foam or other mechanics and create a natural-looking foundation for the arrangement. The long, trailing strands of Spanish moss make it ideal for draping over the edges of containers or cascading down from arrangements. This adds a sense of movement and whimsy to the design, creating a visually dynamic composition.

Purchasing hints: Look for moss that appears fresh and pliable, showing no signs of dryness or damage.

Conditioning: Spanish Moss requires minimal care. Hold in bright, indirect light with good air circulation.