Los Angeles
Cactus and Succulent Society

Mission Statement

The Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society (LACSS) cultivates the study and enjoyment of cactus and succulent plants through educational programs and activities that promote the hobby within a community of fellow enthusiasts and among the greater public.

Come and Visit!

Welcome to the website of the Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society. Our nearly 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. 

LACSS meets monthly in the San Fernando Valley to enjoy stimulating presentations, hands-on workshops, plant sales, mini-shows, raffles, trading, and other activities. In addition, LACSS offers field trips to member gardens, nurseries, and private collections. We serve the greater community by offering free educational activities, and presenting an exciting annual festival in April or June, and a Fall Sale.

In order to share the joys and benefits of collecting and cultivating cacti and succulents, we invite you to check out our general meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month at ONEgeneration Senior Enrichment Center at 18255 Victory Blvd.

 Doors open at 6:15 for the Social Hour, Ask an Expert, and much more. The business meeting starts promptly at 7pm. Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Each new visitor receives a free plant! We hope to see you at a meeting soon. 
April Speaker​


Dudleya presentation

My talk and powerpoint presentation will follow the flow of the new Dudleya book that I have co-written with Jeremy Spath and Kelly Griffin (projected book arrival date will hopefully be May 2024). It will cover most if not all of the currently described species of this California and Baja genus. Images will show plants in habitat as well as cultivation, with advice on growing plants in captivity and an emphasis on conservation.

Images were taken by all three authors as well as contributors from the dudleya community. Kelly and Jeremy have visited and photographed nearly all species in situ—most of the habitat photos are quite stunning, often with beautiful ocean or cliffside backdrops. 


I became interested in succulents in the early 80s after seeing a display of Rudy Lime's bonsai succulents at the San Diego County Fair. I sold succulents in my spare time at street fairs and farmer's markets for a few years before opening Solana Succulents in 1992, at the same location I'm still at. I am primarily a succulent retail shop - with the benefit of being located close to some of the premier growers in California and a long list of friends and contacts in the business. I used to do a bit of succulent landscaping, but have phased out of doing much of that anymore, aside from some consulting. I wrote my first book in 2014, followed by three more, then a book on Agaves co-written with Jeremy Spath, and will soon have my sixth book, also with Jeremy and Kelly Griffin as well. 

I have been on the speakers circuit since 2014 as well, and have spoken to most of the cactus clubs in CA, AZ, and a few excursions to Texas, Portland, and New England. I haven't done a lot of field work until the past few years, but in researching the Agave and Dudleya books I've had the chance to botanize quite a bit in Northern Baja and Oaxaca, as well as California. Until recently I wasn't very involved with the CSSA (running my nursery primarily solo takes a lot of time), but I was recently elected to the board of the CSSA and am currently awaiting assignment. 

I'm married with two adult sons, and surfed most of my life until the body told me otherwise. 

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Our next meeting is April 4, 2024   Last names beginning with  C, please bring treats!

It is a collective effort that we provide refreshments for our members at the meeting! As you know, bringing refreshments to the meeting is a way to make our meetings more enjoyable and welcoming for everyone.
This month, last names beginning with  "  C "       It’s your turn!

We kindly ask that each member brings a small contribution of snacks or drinks to share with the group. A lot of us are coming straight from work and appreciate that we are mindful of empty stomachs.

Examples of refreshments that you could bring include:

Appetizers / Sides    Cookies or pastries    Fruit or vegetables       Chips and dip    Finger food  Pizza
Please bring your contribution in a “disposable” dish!

If bringing refreshments is a difficulty, we ask that you leave a donation in the “Donation Jar” at the Refreshment Table. The club relies on your contribution to continue supplying our membership with sustenance. 
We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Thank you,

Renew your membership NOW! 

April 4th
One Generation
18255 Victory Blvd
Reseda CA
Doors open at 6:15 PM
The 2024 LACSS Spring Sale
May 17-18, 2024 New Date!
Friday Night 6pm -9 pm and Satuday 9am- 3pm
Stay tuned in as more information to follow!