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Echinocereus viereckii var. morricallii
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Echinocereus viereckii var. morricallii is seldom seen in C&S collections, which is a shame because it is easy to grow has a really nice flower display. It is native to the Mexican states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon where it is found on wooded hillsides.
The plant shown above was seed grown and is approximately seven years old. It is planted in a gritty, well-drained potting mix and grown in full sun. From mid spring through early autumn it is watered thoroughly once a week. During the winter it is kept dry and cool. One of the really nice characteristics about variety morricallii is that it is almost spineless, which makes it very easy to handle when repotting.
Autumn is the time of year when most lithops flower.
They are in essence, short-day plants, much like
chrysanthemums. Some species flower as early as late
August and one species, Lithops optica and its much sought
after form, L. optica f. rubra, don't flower until mid
December. Each flower last about 4 to 5 days and
there is no detectible fragrance. The most common
reasons for a lithops plant not to flower is that they are
not mature (too young) or they have not received enough
sun during the preceding spring and summer.
September 2017 Regular
View of one of the Plant Display Tables and Plant Sales area at a recent Annual Plant Show at Brookside Gardens.
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 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.
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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 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/