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Plant of the Month

Along with columns, club updates and other material, each issue of the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society Digest includes “Plant of the Month” articles on members’ favorite cacti and succulents. The articles typically include photos and facts on the plants’ origins, distribution and growing conditions, as well as care and cultivation tips. Plants featured in this month’s digest are shown below. Access previous POM articles from the pulldown menus to right.


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Agave macroacantha, blue (2020)

Text and Photos By Jerry Dultz – My husband, Gene, and I were recipients of the August meeting attendance prize plant – Agave macroacanthus, blue. It is now transplanted on our front porch. My history with the family Asparagaceae isn’t the best. It begins with yuccas. Over 25 years ago, yuccas were taking over what I called my prickly pear garden. It was years before I would learn …

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Gasteria (2020)

Text and Photos by Nikki Murdick – This brief article is an introduction to a fascinating group of plants from South Africa – the gasterias. Gasterias are a group of popular, undemanding and easy to grow succulent plants that are endemic to South Africa. The name Gasteria comes from the Greek word “gaster,” which means stomach and refers to the bulbous shape of some of the flowers. …

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