Spanish moss is not a moss at all.
There are several legends as to how the plant got its name. One story says that the native Indians were unhappy that the Spanish were encroaching on their land. The natives cut off the long, flowing hair of a woman and draped it over a tree branch to discourage the settlers. Over time, the hair turned gray, began to shrivel and spread to surrounding trees.
These photos were taken at Brookgreen Gardens.