next Event of the National Capital Cactus and
Succulent Society of Washington, D.C. will be
our Regular Monthly Meeting on
Crassula mesembryanthemopsis is a mouthful to say, but a beautiful and fascinating plant to behold. As its species name reflects, it looks like a mesemb, plants in the old Mesembryanthemaceae family. Many of the real mesembs are small, stone-like plants that blend in with their surrounding. While C. mesembryanthemopsis has stone-like leaves, and blends into its surroundings in its South African and Namibia habitat, it's a member of the Crassulaceae family and more closely related to the jade plant than to any mesemb. The lovely plant shown above was grown by the late Al Waltemyer, a long time member of our society.
NCCSS April 2014 Program
Growing Cacti and Other Succulents - Just the
To join the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society contact Lee Miller email@example.com or Bob Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like a sample of our most recent newsletter, The Eastern Spine, contact newsletter editor Bob Stewart. Annual membership dues are $15.00 per individual and for a family. There's a five dollar deduction for those receiving their monthly newsletter via email.
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.
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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 April 2013 was Titanopsis calcarea. This is a small cryptic succulent, meaning where it grows in South Africa, it generally blends in with its surroundings. The exception is when it is covered with its bright yellow flowers, then it is very noticeable in order to attract the insects that pollinate the flowers. Flower occurs in late winter through mid spring. It is not a difficult plant to grow, but it is rarely offered for sale at local garden centers or nurseries. The plant show at right was grown from seed by one of our society members. It is fifteen years old.
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.
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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://www.cssainc.org