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
July - NO meeting

Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - Regular hybrid in-person/zoom meeting.
Gretchen Ward will talk about epiphytic cacti; most have large, spectacular flowers.  There are several genera of these plants, as well as a huge number of hybrids that have been bred for floral traits. These plants are native to more tropical regions, during the summer monsoon season they are very happy with the higher humidity here. She will talk quite a bit about how to grow them here and have them flower well.

Members will receive an email with a Zoom meeting invitation and instructions.
are encouraged to request an invitation via email at; please include your name so that we can admit you to the meeting.
Zoom help/info is available.

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4 - CSSNM will host a Labor Day Show at the Albuquerque Botanic Garden.  We will be near the main entrance to the botanic garden.  Previous shows have been attended by many visitors.
Volunteers are needed to host the show and answer questions.  Please sign up to help.  Volunteers will receive free admission to the Botanic Garden and a chance to visit it; the garden is beautiful.
This flyer contains basic information about the show and can be used to advertise it at public places like libraries, nurseries,...

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 Fall 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 May 2022 with 56 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.