THE LOWER RIVER 131 PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MISSISSIPPI SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE SPANISH MOSS A common sight on trees in damp areas, Spanish moss can grow nearly everywhere in Mississippi. The moss is not parasitic, and lives off the moisture it absorbs from humidity and fog in the air. Spanish moss was once used in upholstering, building, and even clothing by both Native Americans and European settlers. Birds building their nests are now the main utilizers of this beautiful southern plant.