Saturday, November 17, 2007

Spanish Moss

Nothing says true "old South" to me like Spanish moss. Our guests ask us about it all of the time. It's actually not at all related to moss but rather a member of the bromeliad family - like the pineapple. It loves live oaks but can grow on many other types of trees, as well. It generally likes alot of sunlight so it tends to show up on trees that have already lost some of their canopy, as opposed to causing the damage. In fact, it's an air plant. When I lived "up north" I used to pay good money for this when I had a dried flower business, now I scoop it up out of the yard and feed it to the carriage horses, who love it.

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