next Event of the National Capital Cactus and
Succulent Society of Washington, D.C. will be
our Regular Monthly Meeting on
Fraileas are small cacti native to South America. Frailea castanea is found in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and neighboring Uruguay. While small and globose like other fraileas, F. castanea is unique with a depressed apex, a dark reddish to chocolate brown body color, and tiny black spines appressed. Most other species of fraileas have green bodies and longer more substantial spination.
An unusual characteristic of fraileas, including F. castanea, is their cleistogamous flowers. Cleistogamy is a type of automatic self-pollination of certain plants that can propagate by using non-opening, self-pollinating flowers. However, when Frailea castanea is given a sunny, hot location in summer, it will on occasion produce and open its attractive bright yellow flowers, as seen in the photo above. The plant shown above was grown by NCCSS member Bob Stewart and kept outside during the none freezing part of the year.
The program of the May 2017 meeting will be
Ben's cacti and other succulents collection, his new greenhouse, and his trip to Palm Springs California.
Presented by NCCSS member Ben Burkhardt
If you would like to attend any of our meetings or have questions about our society, please contact Lee Miller firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Stewart email@example.com for details.
the regular programs we present in the
National Capital Cactus and Succulent
Society is a look at what's new and
interesting with our members. This
month Ben Burkhardt will discuss some of the
favorite plants in his collection, his new
greenhouse, and a recent trip he made to
Palm Springs, California. Ben's a
great speaker and this will be an
interesting look at growing succulent plants
in Washington, D.C. and seeing succulent
plants in the desert city of Palm Springs,
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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The National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society will hold its annual plant sale at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10:00 a.m until 4:00 p.m.
Once again members of the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society are busy propagating and growing plants for the annual plant sale at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. Hundreds of common and not so common cactus and other succulent plants will be on sale for for rock bottom prices. One of the problems all long time succulent plant growers share is lack of space for new plants. Our need to reduce the number of plants in our collections give others the opportunity to buy some great plants at low prices.
In addition to the chance to take advantage of some great plant bargins, members of out society will be on hand to talk about growing cacti and other succulents in the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area, and answer any questions you might have. And, you'll be visiting Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, home of 95 acres of ornamental display gardens and unique native plant collections. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens are located at
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, Virginia. Telephone: 703-255-3631
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/