Cactus and Succulent Society of New Mexico


Cactus & Succulent Society of New Mexico is an affiliate of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America.

Meeting Info: Albuquerque Garden Center, 10120 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM, usually on the 3rd Wednesday, at 7:00 pm.  Check Upcoming Events below for information on the next meeting. 
Note the change from Friday to Wednesday!

President: Matthew-Ryan Morrell
Webmaster: Ralph R. Peters

To contact the CSSNM via email, please use this address:

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Upcoming Events
Saturday, May 7, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm - We will have garden tour to see cacti and succulents growing and flowering in member's yards.  All 3 yards are in the NE Heights of Albuquerque within about a mile of the intersection of Indian School and Juan Tabo. 
Members will receive an email with addresses.  Guests are welcome also!  Please send an email to for more information.

Saturday, May 14 starting about 9:30 am -  We will have an easy hike at the far northern edge of Rio Rancho near the intersection of the NW Loop and US550.  A large population of Echincereus triglochidiatus (claret cup cactus) is reported in the area and we may see a big show of flowers!  More information later,  Guests, please send us an email if you are interested!

There will not be a meeting on Wednesday, May 18.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - Regular meeting with information on our April Spring Show & Sale.  More info later

July - NO meeting

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - Regular meeting

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4 - Labor Day Show at the Albuquerque Botanic Garden.  We will be near the entrance to the gardens.

Video presentations!
Videos of some recent presentations may be found on YouTube!  In August, Steven Brack talked about "Cacti & Succulents of New Mexico".  In September, Rod Haenii, Ralph Peters, and Steven Brack talked about "Growing Mesembs Outdoors in New Mexico".  In March, Siegfried Lodwig talked about having flowering cacti and succulents in every week of the year.
Ralph Peters recently made a presentation to the Native Plant Society called "NM Cactus Travelog" which visited locations in SouthEast, SouthCentral, and NorthWest New Mexico.

Information about plants
Plant information may be found here.  Checkout the article on potting soils which lists recipes from several members.  Collecting wild plants is generally discouraged -- see why!  Siegfried Lodwig has written 2 articles (text and pictures) on growing cacti from seeds and growing/transplanting the seedlings.

The Cactus and Succulent Society of America's e-newsletter "To The Point" has articles about plant cultivation, individual societies, and other interesting stories.  The Spring 2022 issue is now available.

An Agave victoria-reginae flowered at Daniel Finley's house in summer of 2019 and he provided some pictures.

Landscaping Southwest is a program that investigates water-wise landscaping and gardening.  This video looks at the La Mesa Community Garden in the first half and Ralph Peters' xeric yard and his cactus & succulent collection in the second half.  It shows cacti, succulents, and other native plants (ocotillos, penstemons,...) used in landscaping and discusses their cultivation.

Checkout picture galleries of flowering cacti and succulents courtesy of Siegfried Lodwig.  A new gallery is up for Oct 2021- January 2022 with 32 photos.

Useful links for information on the web may be found here.  Check out the blog from Australia.

Club Information
Club information including a membership application, new member information, newsletters, current officers, a library list, show information, show tags, show posters and vendor information... 

You can apply for membership or renew it online.  CSSNM uses PayPal to pay the annual fee.
NOTE: Annual membership was raised from $10 to $15 for 2022!

The library list has been updated!  Check it out as our library is large.

What does the society do?  Get an idea from a list of recent events.