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
Name: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
Botanical Name: Carnegiea gigantea
Colors: White with an off White center.
Blooms: April through June
Fun Facts: The fruit of the Saguaro can be eaten raw or made into a jam. The flowers only last about a day, but a single Cactus will produce around 200 of the blooms during its season. The Saguaro Cactus is a wonder of Nature, that can live to be 200 years old if left undisturbed. They can easily grow to be over 40 feet tall! They don’t typically bloom until they are at least 50 years old.
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