Attila Kapitany

About Attila Kapitany

I am immediate past president of the Cactus & Succulent Society of Australia with 10 years in this position, and also currently editor of its journal. I have thirty years of experience growing and marketing cacti and succulents. I am also a prominent member of the Horticultural Media in Australia, writing regularly in magazines, journals and newspapers and promoting succulent plants. I was co-founder and developer of the well-known Collectors Corner and Paradisia nurseries, where my interests focused on the breeding, cultivating and marketing of rare and unusual plants. I have travelled extensively to plant habitats around the world and had amassed possibly one of the largest collections of (mostly seed-raised) plants in Australia. Also, I have co-written seven books with Rudolf Schulz about succulents, with others as solo effort. My newest publications are a series of seven booklets on xerophytic Australia plants. Since 2007 I have dedicated much of my time and resources to promoting our lesser known Australian succulent plants, touring the Australian speaking circuit regularly and featuring on television and radio. This process is two fold, one being to introduce Australian plants to people, and secondly to encourage people to appreciate, then foster the desire to cultivate some in their gardens.

Back my succulents book – it’s irresistible

I have seen and know of an Australia that few people have ever seen and I feel a burning desire to share it with you. I want to produce a large nature book – a guide to Australia’s succulent plants. Many regard this continent’s interior as a wasteland, thinking that Australia has almost no native succulents except for a few barely fleshy weeds, unlike the well-known rich diversity of succulents in Africa. But I know that there are hundreds of spectacular and fascinating succulent plants out there, some of them so tiny you need to lie on the ground to see them, and others that show off their beautifully coloured flowers, stems and leaves. I want to tell you, and the world, all about them. Continue reading