Saguaro Cactus

The Saguaro cactus is one of the most, if not the most, popular and famous plants of the Sonoran Desert, where they are found exclusively. They grace the desert terrain, and are a coveted addition to a well-designed desert landscape. They are quite large, and usually develop branches (or arms) as they mature and age. These arms usually bend or reach upward, and can number from several to over 25. Saguaros are covered with protective spines, and produce red fruit and white flowers in the late spring and summer. With the right growing conditions, it has been found that Saguaros can grow to live as long as 150-200 years old. They can grow to be between 40-60 feet tall, and weigh between 3200-4800 pounds if rain has been plentiful.

Some Saguaro Fun Facts:

* The Saguaro can not be found anywhere in the world except the Sonoran Desert

*They are the largest cactus in the United States

* Although they have one deep root that grows in the ground approx. 2 feet deep, most of its roots are only 4-6 inches deep and radiate out as far from the plant as it is tall.

* When a Saguaro dies, it has many traditional uses. Its woody ribs can be used to build roofs, fences, or furniture. Native Americans used the holes that birds nested in, called Saguaro Boots as water containers.

* Gila Woodpeckers and Gilded Flickers are typical inhabitants of Saguaros. Others include owls, hawks, martins and finches.

Please take the time to check out other cacti options we offer here at Envirogreen Landscape Design-Build.