next Event of the National Capital Cactus and
Succulent Society of Washington, D.C. will be
our Regular Monthly Meeting on
Avonia quinaria ssp. quinaria
There are so many little, succulent gems that it is always difficult to select one plant to highlight on the web page, but I don't think you can go wrong with Avonia quinaria ssp. quinaria,especially when it is in flower. Avonia is another little succulent from South Africa. However, unlike most of the other little South African succulents, this isn't a mesemb, it's a member of the Portulacaceae, the Portulaca family.
Avonia's are wonderful little plants with stems like white worms and flowers much too big for the plant from which they arise. The carmine to pink flowers are always a special treat because it is not easy to grow these plants, especially outside of the confines of a greenhouse. The plant shown above was grown on a windowsill by a very skilled grower in Germany. It is a superb example of what can often be achieved under than less than optimum conditions.
One of the most impressive succulents of the deserts of Mexico and the United States are the agaves. Some, like Agave americana and Agave tequilana are monsters, growing into giant rosettes of leaves more than 12 feet in diameter. Others, such as Agave parviflora, will be comfortable in a six inch diameter pot for 10 years or more. A few agaves are quite cold hardy and in many areas can be included in the home landscape or rock garden. Despite their variety of sizes, colors and forms, agaves are generally not well known by the average succulent grower. To help us know agaves better, NCCSS member Donna Kuroda will discuss some of the nicer species and varieties and provide some tips on how to grow them.
Next Regular Meeting
Sunday February 21, 2016
The National Capital Cactus and Succulent SocietyThe NCCSS is a group of individuals sharing an interest in the collecting and growing of cacti and other types of succulent plants. We meet once a month from September through June. In August we hold an annual plant show and sale at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. Our Regular Monthly Meetings are held at St. Anselm’s Abbey School at 14th & South Dakota Ave. N.E. Washington, DC. Our meeting begin at 10:30 a.m. and end at Noon. If you live in the Washington, D.C. area and are interested in succulent plants, why not visit one of our meetings and share your interest with others who also love these weird and fascinating plants.
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Yes, you can grow cacti in your Washington, D.C. area landscape.
The photo below was taken during the winter of 2009-10 in the backyard of a home in Charles County Maryland, just southeast of Washington, D.C. The cacti shown in the photo have been growing outside for the past 12 years. They are not brought inside or protected in any way during the winter. The most serious winter damage occurs from stem breakage due to the weight of heavy wet snow or ice. There are a large number of cacti and other succulent plants that can withstand winter conditions, and they can be used to develop a very interesting and enjoyable part of any landscape.
To join the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society contact Lee Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Stewart email@example.com. If you would like a sample of our most recent newsletter, The Eastern Spine, contact newsletter editor Bob Stewart. Annual membership dues are $10.00
Like To Know More About Aeoniums?
Society member Donna Kuroda presented a program on Aeoniums at our October 2011 meeting and she has agreed to allow you access to that program through a PDF presentation. Just click here on the word AEONIUM to call up the program. This is a large file and make take a minute or two to load, depending on the speed of your computer.
The Eastern Spine is the official newsletter of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society. It is published monthly, September through June and is included with your society membership. Join our club and get your own copy delivered to your mailbox.
Click Newsletter to view the April 2013 newsletter in PDF format. When you are finished reading the newsletter, hit the BACK button on your browser to return to this page. If you would like a complementary copy of our upcoming May 2013 newsletter just drop me a note.
the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society:
Benefits of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society:
Our program committee arranges for us to have a unique event each and every month. These consist of lectures, slide shows, informal discussions and presentations; they are always interesting and informative.
Plant of the Month:Each month a succulent genus, or special selection of succulent plants are featured as our plant of the month. Our plant of the month for March 2015 is Lapidaria margaretae.
Information on Growing Succulent Plants:One of the important aspects of growing healthy succulent plants is using the proper potting soil mix. You can read the NCCSS Potting Soils for Succulent Plants handout by clicking right HERE.
If you have any surplus plants, seeds, pots, books or any other plant related items you want to sell, you can bring them to the meeting. Set your own price. 25% goes to the club to buy new books and cover other club related expenses.
First meeting was held July 21, 1974 at the Samson
House at Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD. The club
newsletter, The Eastern Spine, became
official for the November 1974 meeting. The club began
its affiliation with the Cactus & Succulent Society
of America with the adoption of the By-Laws at the
September 15, 1974 meeting.
|NCCSS Officers for 2016/2017
|Links to Gardens and Other Societies in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area:||Cactus
Succulent Society of America (CSSA)
The National Capital Cactus & Succulent Society is an affiliate society of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America. For more information about the CSSA see their web site at: http://cssainc.org/