The Land - Spanish Moss | A Natural State

Native Americans called it "tree hair." French colonists changed it to "Barbe espagnole," or "Spanish Beard," to ridicule the Spanish conquest of the Americas. Spanish moss survives as its common name. Gullah ancestors of the St. Helena community once used the rough wooly plant to stuff pillows and mattresses. Arienne continues to use Spanish moss in her indigo dyed pillows.