Saguaro

Carnegiea gigantea

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  • Saguaro | Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) in Saguaro National Park. Photo: NPS
  • Saguaro | Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) in Saguaro National Park. Photo: NPS
  • Saguaro | Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) in Saguaro National Park. Photo: NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Caryophyllales

Family

Cactaceae

Size

up to 50 ft

Blooming Season

Spring - Early Summer

Bloom Color

White, Green

Attracts

Bees, Wildlife, Birds

Danger

Warning! What out for spines!

Can I eat Saguaro?

Flowers are edible.

Saguaro Habitat

Saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea) are the icon of the American desert southwest and are only found limited areas.

Saguaro Facts

Saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) pronounced sah-WAH-ro, is a tremendously beautiful cactus. It can grow up to 50 ft. and weight up to 9 tons, which is supported by a skeleton. Its edible white blooms are the state flower of Arizona and bloom at night and close by the following afternoon. Native Americans used the Saguaro for many purposes, including a food source, housing and a fire starter. Saguaros are very slow growing and can live up to 250 years. Birds often burrow holes in them for nests. To see this majestic cacti in the wild, head to it's namesake National Park in Arizona.

Saguaro Distribution



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