What is Spanish Moss? First, it is an epiphyte. An epiphyte is a plant that grows upon another plant and obtains nutrients from the air, rainwater, and organic debris. Unlike parasites, epiphytes often do not harm their hosts and merely use them as a support structure.
Although their flowers are very small, Spanish Moss is a flowering plant or angiosperm that requires a subtropical or tropical environment in order to flourish. They spread vegetatively and via seeds. To me, Spanish Moss is an iconic fixture in the southeastern United States and one of my favorite plants.