Cactus and Succulent Society
Meeting in the San Fernando Valley.
Welcome to the website of the
Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society.
Our more than 200 members come from throughout the southland and share a passion for cacti and succulents. Throughout the history of LACSS, many of the most prominent researchers, authors, and collectors of the succulent world have been leaders and members of our society.
When in-person meetings resume,
Doors open at 6:15 for our monthly meetings including the Social Hour, Ask an Expert, and much more. The business meeting starts promptly at 7:20. Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Each new visitor receives a free plant! We hope to see you at a meeting soon!
The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society (LACSS) cultivates the study and enjoyment of cacti and succulent plants through educational programs and activities that promote the hobby within a community of fellow enthusiasts and among the greater public.
LACSS Meetings are the first Thursday of the Month
November Meeting will be held on-line via zoom
Thursday November 4 at 6:30pm
Please watch your email for more information!
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Time for Taiwan
at October meeting
by John Trager
The Xiamen Botanical Garden in Fujian Province, China has the most notable succulent collection of botanical gardens in mainland China. It is located in the city of Xiamen, a city of more than 4 million on the SE coast just a short flight from Taiwan. A 2018 trip provided the opportunity to visit Xiamen with time for a quick visit to Taiwan as well. This program looks at some of the botanical and cultural highlights of these fascinating places that may be a bit off the beaten track for most succulent collectors.
Special Events, By-Laws, etc
Plants of the Month
Cactus - Variegated
Succulent - Variegated
with links to
past Chronicle issues and POM Library
Current and complete list of all books in our library!
Library items are available to all members in good standing at the meetings.
While the world endures the Covid-19 pandemic,
take care of yourselves, take care of your plants,
and remember that spending time in your garden can provide some much needed tranquility.
For link to fun & informative CSSA presentations from 2015 & 2017 conventions
click on Members Info link
John Trager is Curator of the Desert Collections at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California where he has worked since 1983. Prior to that he worked with master propagator Frank Horwood at Abbey Garden Nursery when it was located in Carpinteria. Trager's horticultural writings have appeared in the Cactus and Succulent Journal, the Euphorbia Journal, and various other horticultural publications. He is also known for his photography -- over 3000 of his images have been published in numerous textbooks and horticultural journals. the multi-authored six-volume reference The Illustrated Handbook of Succulents (2001-2003). He continues to contribute images for new editions and new publications as opportunity and demand arises. The annual ISI introductions published in the C&S Journal also provide a venue for his writing and photography. John has traveled widely in search of plants (and insects) including China, Costa Rica, Israel, Mexico, Namibia, South Africa, Thailand and Venezuela. He holds a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Cal Poly Pomona (1992) and earlier studied Botany at Santa Barbara City College and UCSB.