Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Arizona State Flower
The waxy blossom of the giant saguaro cactus was designated the official Arizona State Flower in 1931. The long-lived cactus is a common plant in the Sonoran Desert and is not an endangered species. However, there are several threats to the saguaro, including the presence of exotic plants, wildfires, urban development, theft, and vandalism. For these reasons, the saguaro is protected by the Native Plant Protection Act. Harming a saguaro (pronounced “sah-wah-roh”) is illegal in the state of Arizona.
Saguaro Cactus Blossom Facts
Common Name: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Scientific Name: Carnegiea gigantea
Year Adopted: 1931
Peak Bloom: May to June
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