The Cactus and Succulent Society of America, CSSA, was founded in 1929 by a small group of people in Pasadena, California and has grown to encompass over 80 affiliated clubs and thousands of members worldwide. CSSA's primary purpose is to enjoy succulent (water-storing) plants through horticulture, travel and scientific discovery with particular concern for habitat preservation and conservation issues in deserts worldwide.

Every other month, CSSA members receive the full-color Cactus and Succulent Journal, widely regarded as the best and most authoritative periodical on succulent and xerophytic (dry loving) plants. Published since 1929, it is the longest running publication of its kind and features articles of interest to beginners and advanced hobbyists alike. Many new species have been, and continue to be, described in the Journal. The CSSA newsletter, To The Point, packaged with the Journal, is full of news and views about the succulent plant world, event listings for shows, sales, symposia and conventions worldwide along with cultivation advice for plants, common to rare. Advanced hobbyists can access deeper scientific knowledge of succulent plants and their environs in the CSSA's peer-reviewed technical yearbook, Haseltonia.

The first CSSA convention, held in St. Louis, Missouri in 1941, created national interest in the Society at a time when cacti were already having a second wave of popularity in American horticulture. CSSA Conventions, held every other year since, now attract an international audience and feature world-renowned speakers conducting hands-on workshops, leading field trips and discussing travel, field discoveries, plant propagation and care, book sales, auctions, plant sales and much more. CSSA conventions are not to be missed!

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