The Cactus and Succulent Society of Southern Nevada (CSSSN) was organized in July 1976, and became incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in November, 1977.

The club began with a few interested people, but developed at one time into one of the largest garden clubs in the Nevada State Federation of Garden Clubs. We are here on the web at We are listed on websites of several affiliated organizations including the Cactus and Succulent Society of America of which we are also an affiliate.  A complete list of CSSA affiliates can be found at .

Today the CSSSN continues to promote better understanding and appreciation of cactus and succulents. We encourage conservation of water through planting desert adapted species; foster the conservation of desert plants through awareness and education; share in the responsibility for the preservation of succulent plants by supporting research; enjoy cactus and succulents and the company of all our thorny friends.

Our generic electronic mail address is:

We may also be conacted through our web form.

2018 Officers:

  • Jay Nietling - president
  • Victor Lindsey- vice president
  • Dana Hayden - secretary
  • Vicki Yuen - treasurer
  • The 2018 at large board members:TBD

Newsletter contact: Jay Nietling

Website contact: Jay Nietling


About our Logo: Opuntia basilaris "Beavertail Cactus"

The commonly called “Beavertail Cactus” grows in clumps. The pads (leaves) are bluish gray-green and sometimes even purplish! The pads often crinkle (due to low moisture or cold) and appear to have few spines, but the glochids (little hairs) are painfully present if touched.

The beautiful blossoms are magenta colored and between 1 to 2 inches long. The filaments are reddish purple; the stigmas are white. The flowers form on the tips of the pads. The fruit, when dry are tan and are also 1 to 2 inches long. In a scrumptious flowering year (after lots of rain during the months of March to June) they form a beautiful contrast to other common yellow and orange flowered desert bloomers. These wonderful desert plants are found in the dry slopes below 6,000 feet among Joshua Trees, the Pinyons, and throughout the Mojave and Colorado Deserts to Sonora, Mexico.

Above 2 Photos are courtesy of Pat Leary.