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We have a lot of information to share about Cactus and other Succulents

Especially for Arizona and the Sonoran Desert. Some is from TCSS

but we have lots of other sources to direct you to find out more.

* Our Great " Field Guide To Cacti  & Other Succulents Of Arizona" see details & purchase

* Do you know what the difference is between a Cactus and a Succulent? 

* See definitions of some common Cactus and Succulent terms.

* TCSS Photo Albums and Galleries view

* "Growing In The Desert Series" from our TCSS Newsletters, 2009 - 2013 view

* Many Cactus & Succulent articles appearing in our past Newsletters - view index

Cactus and Succulent Plant Identification and Information

  • Photos & Descriptions -  50 plants common to the Greater Tucson Area (taken from the TCSS C&S database)  - view
  • List - Common Names and Botanical Names, 80 plants with Google Image Search links - view
  • List - Cactaceae and Agavacae of Eastern Pima County, Arizona - By Matt Johnson, Botanical Specialist, Desert Legume Program - see list
  • List - Succulents of the Avra Valley Watershed, west of Tucson Arizona - By John F. Wiens - see list
  • List - Tucson area Opuntias (prickly pear) by David J. Ferguson view
  • Web site - Opuntia (prickly pear) by a group of botanists view
  • Web site - Cylindropuntia (cholla) by a group of botanists view
  • Library - Cactus and Succulent Digital Library listed by author view
  • Journals - The Cactus Explorers Club (U.K) web with journals web site
  • Study - Organ Pipe Cactus by Root Gorelick (2017) view
  • The Cactaceae by N.L. Britton and J.N. Rose, about 300+ pages each   vol 1    vol 2    vol 3   vol 4
  • University of Arizona Herbarium - Information about Arizona native plants, including cactus and succulents view
  • Also, see our Links page, that may help with other sources of information

Three Excellent Sources to Look-up Plants

Growing, Care and Fruit Usage Information

  • Flower Colors - view
  • Mature Plant Sizes - view
  • Flowering Times and Duration - view
  • TCSS  ABC-123  Care Code - view
  • Low water use plant buyer's guide for Central and Southern Arizona by Bill Thornton - view
  • How to Plant and Care for your New bare root Ocotillo. Includes Ocotillo planting & care.
  • How to Plant and Care for your New bare root Saguaro, Barrel, and Hedgehog Cacti. Includes planting & care
  • Adenium Care Guide - courtesy of Dryland Plants of Tucson
  • Reduction of Plant Diseases - A talk to TCSS by Dr. Jerald E. Wheeler - Slides
  • Growing Seeds using a Red Cup by Doug Dawson - Procedure
  • Processing Prickly Pear Fruit and Making Punch - instructions

Four Great Tucson Area Resources for Cactus and Succulent Information

    Gardens and Parks to Visit in the Greater Tucson Area - web sites and maps Map to Pima Prickly Park

Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS)

PO Box 64759  -  Tucson, AZ 85728-4759   -   Phone: (520) 256-2447  -  Email:

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