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Cactus and Succulent Society of America
Formation 1929
Type Horticultural society
Headquarters Claremont, California
  • United States
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The Cactus and Succulent Society of America (CSSA) was founded in 1929 in Los Angeles County, at Pasadena, California and has grown to encompass over 80 affiliated clubs and thousands of members worldwide. The primary purpose of the society is to enjoy succulent (water-storing) plants through horticulture, travel and scientific discovery, with a particular concern for habitat preservation and conservation issues in deserts worldwide.


The Society supports the cactus and succulent community, both amateur and professional, through education, conservation, scientific research, and research grants.

It is a non-profit tax-exempt organisation.


The Society undertakes a range of activities to achieve its objectives:

  • Publishes The Cactus and Succulent Society Journal, quarterly and the society's more technical yearbook, Haseltonia.
  • Organises an Annual Convention for members
  • Participates in a biennial International Convention
  • Facilitates members-only Field Trips to native habitats of cacti and other succulents
  • Organises sale of cactus and succulent seeds to members from the CSSA Seed Depot
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