It grows on air, or so it seems. It can be pulled from one tree and tossed into another without missing a beat. Its ability to ‘drink’ air and its ethereal hair-like qualities make Spanish Moss a mysterious bio-gadget.
Beautiful, and sometimes spooky, it is quintessentially ‘southern’ in the landscape.
The Choctaw people call it “Ponchatoula” which means “hanging hair”. This is how the city of Ponchatoula, Louisiana was named, after the river lined with trees filled with grayish tree hair.