No, it isn’t another acronym for an Adult Entertainment.

Well, it kinda is, but not like that. It is the Cactus and Succulent Society of Massachusetts. We went to their annual show and sale today, and we saw some of the strangest plants ever.

This blog is really long, and it has tons of photos of the plants. Before you start, I want you to know that I know all of the scientific names for all of these plants (lie), but if I typed them all in, then reading them would slow you down too much (another lie) and the blog would violate the 15 second rule (“If it takes more than 15 seconds to read this blog it is too long”). So to speed things up (lie), I have simply posted the photos (truth).

So, it is a long blog, but keep scrolling. There are some plants in here that you might not have seen before. Like this:


Yeah. That…. is a plant. Really. It is a plant…. and it is alive. Here is another one very much like it, but shorter.

CSSM2015-IMG_2640Pretty cool. Not much color in it, but look at this:


Yikes! Red to green all in one plant!

Here is a strange specimen.



Layers of flat things.

Some of the plants were very round.


Some of them were tall.


That one is hugging a rock.

CSSM2015-IMG_2659Some of them were just lounging around.


The following ones are strange. They are called “Lithops”. That means “living stones”.

CSSM2015-IMG_2650They don’t do much. It’s sort of like having a Pet Rock.

CSSM2015-IMG_2652Which ones are the rocks?

These are easier to tell apart from the rocks.

CSSM2015-IMG_2653This is kind of like a rock too.


And it just gets stranger.

CSSM2015-IMG_2657What the heck? Here is the bottom of it.

CSSM2015-IMG_2658Hellooooooo,  Dr. Seuss!

Another rock-bottom


CSSM2015-IMG_2666and curls….



Butt…. that can’t be a plant!

Lazy days of Summer….

CSSM2015-IMG_2671Hello, Dolly!



CSSM2015-IMG_2677Keep scrollin’!





Circle of life.

CSSM2015-IMG_2687That’s it.

I hope you enjoyed this brief journey into some strange looking plants. We had a blast.

All kidding aside, it was a spectacular show. If you missed it this year, make a note to go see it next year.

It is the Cactus and Succulent Society of Massachusetts.
















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One Response to CSSM

  1. Lauren says:

    One more day to see it!
    $5 to get in. You receive a free plant and $1 off for vendors (they are selling interesting plants, books, notecards and bookmarks etc).
    Good deal.
    9th Annual CSSM Show & Sale
    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    Sunday, September 13, 2015
    Americal Civic Center
    467 Main St, Wakefield, MA 01880