Think you’ve never seen a bromeliad? Think again: The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is among the more well-known members of the bromeliad family. Another is Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), which cascades from tree branches in our Native Garden. Spanish moss does not need soil to grow, but terrestrial bromeliads like the pineapple do. The beautiful foliage in the terrestrial bromeliad family is one of the most diverse in the world, ranging from greens and golds, to pinks and maroons. Long, strappy leaves protrude from a central point, sometimes creating a water-holding rosette. If you look inside the cup of water you might see a little frog! Many animals take advantage of the water captured by bromeliads, such as salamanders and insects. These plants are thus very important for our garden’s ecosystem.