2021 – Leo Chance: Cold-Hardy Picks for St. Louis

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In a straightforward and engaging Zoom presentation during the February 2021 HSCSS meeting, retired pro gardener Leo Chance recommended a list of cacti and succulents for growing outside in the sometimes cold and wet conditions of St. Louis.

Several Gymnocalycium species, for example, are rather hardy, bloom consistently and self-seed, too. Moisture-loving Orostachys aggregeatus plants grow readily to form ground cover in cold-hardy gardens. Native to Missouri, Talinum calycinum is a small succulent with purplish flowers that does well in rocky environs. Echinocereus albispinus has attractive white spines, while its brethren develop large, showy flowers. See additional suggestions below.