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Here’s Why Saguaros Are the Coolest Cacti

If you don’t already have a favorite cactus… you’re about to!

#1. The Saguaro Cactus is only found in the Sonoran Desert.

Flickr User Rob Overcash

Flickr User Rob Overcash

This one is about 30 feet tall. They aren’t exactly what you’d call dainty…

#2 They’re the largest cactus in the United States!

Flickr User Alex Segarra

Flickr User Alex Segarra

They can eventually grow to be between 40 and 60 feet tall.

#3 They actually grow ~very~ slowly.

Flickr User geoferrier

Flickr User geoferrier

It might take 10 years to grow a few inches.

#4 Saguraros can weigh between  3,200 and 4,800 pounds.

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shutterstock.com

The more rain, the heavier the cactus.

#5 Over the years, they grow arms that bend upward! (You can call them branches, too,  if you’re feeling lame…)

Flickr User Alex Segarra

Flickr User Alex Segarra

Some cacti have 25 or more arms.

#6 They can be rather prickly….

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Flickr User I Luv Cameras

The spines help keep them safe.

#7 Sometimes, though, you can find beautiful white flowers among the spines!

Flickr User Dan Sorensen

Flickr User Dan Sorensen

Go in the Spring if you want to see these.

#8 And sometimes there’s red fruit, too!

Flickr User Lars Hammar

Flickr User Lars Hammar

A summer visit is called for if you’re hoping to see this.

#9 A saguaro can live to be 200 years old.

arizonahikersguide.com

arizonahikersguide.com

I wonder how old each of these ones are.

#10 Saguaros that have died have many uses.

jcbwalsh.com

jcbwalsh.com

You can use them to build roofs, furniture, or fences. Native Americans also used them to hold water.

Go nature!

Cheyenne Reed

Cheyenne Reed was born and raised in Ohio. She recently relocated to rural Wyoming to try out working at an exclusive guest ranch. She graduated from Kent State University with an English degree, and most enjoys writing about travel. If she has free time, you may run into her anywhere, because she is always itching to explore new places. Her personal motto is, "Any day can be an adventure if you make it one!"

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