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I was always drawn to the weird and unusual plants, and if you grow cacti that include plants in the genus Ariocarpus. These are the plants that appear to be strangely shaped rocks. In fact, the common name of ariocarpus plants is the living rock cacti. I had bought several small Ariocarpus fissuratus plants and was trying to grow them in pots. But what I really wanted to see, was Ariocarpus fissuratus in nature; in its natural habitat. The main home of ariocarpus is Mexico, but I was told Ariocarpus fissuratus also grows in a small area of southern Texas, and the best place to see it was Big Bend National Park.
I have been to Big Bend National Park seven times and have had the enjoyment of seeing Ariocarpus fissuratus in habitat. The photo above shows a very nice 6 in. diameter living rock (A. fissuratus) growing in Big Bend. I look forward to sharing what I have learned and seen in Big Bend at the October meeting of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society in Washington, D.C.
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Delosperma cooperi 'Table Mountain'
There are a number of succulents that can withstand winter weather in a large part of the country, and one of the best is Delosperma cooperi. Over the past decade a number of hybrids of D. cooperi have appeared, including "Table Mountain' shown below growing in Northern Virginia. Many of these delosperma hybrids are now available at local garden centers and plant nurseries. They are evergreen and grow in a spreading, low profile, making them excellent as hardy succulent planting ground covers. In addition, given plenty of sun, they produce large numbers of colorful flowers.
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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To join the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society contact Ric Tursan 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 $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.
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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 November 2017 was Yucca rostrata. Yucca rostrata is a single-trunk plant with a single head of long, stiff, strap-like leaves. The leaves form a nearly globe-like head giving the plant a particularly attractive form. It grows naturally in northern
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/