Spanish Moss or Tillandsia usneoides is ideal for use in taller bio-active and naturalistic terrariums. Ideal for decoration, ground cover, and aids humidity levels if regularly moistened.
Fun fact, this moss is actually neither moss or Spanish! The scientific name Usneoides, means "resembling Usnea", a lichen. Confusingly, it may look like a lichen but it is actually part of the Bromeliad family of flowering plants and is native to the USA & Mexico. It is sometimes referred to as ‘Grandpa’s Beard’ due to the way it grows, hanging down from tree branches. This silvery plant is epiphytic- an air plant, meaning it has no root system and will grow on branches or other vertical surfaces such as backgrounds.
Our stock is responsibly sourced from Europe to ensure long term sustainability, dried out to remove unwanted pests and then carefully packaged. This process ensures that it is 100% safe for terrarium use.
Spanish moss looks impressive in arboreal enclosures, it quickly and simply adds a natural vertical element for your animal to explore. This plant provides curtain-like cover in any woodland or tropical setting and looks great hanging from branches or as part of a background feature. It is also ideal for helping to maintain humidity levels. It can easily be re-hydrated, and under the correct environmental conditions it will begin to grow and spread.
Alternatively, this plant can be used in its dry form in arid environments to create a simple but effective desert scrubland.
Whilst wild mosses might be used, all wild plants in the UK are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). Some species are specially protected against picking, uprooting, damage, and sale. Our Spanish moss is responsibly sourced from Europe and offers a safer and stress-free alternative for you and your exotic pet. Due to the drying process, our Moss will also have minimal risk of introducing unwanted pests such as slugs and snails into your controlled environment.
There are several application methods that can be used.