Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
If you don’t already have a favorite cactus… you’re about to!
#1. The Saguaro Cactus is only found in the Sonoran Desert.
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!
They can eventually grow to be between 40 and 60 feet tall.
#3 They actually grow ~very~ slowly.
It might take 10 years to grow a few inches.
#4 Saguraros can weigh between 3,200 and 4,800 pounds.
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…)
Some cacti have 25 or more arms.
#6 They can be rather prickly….
The spines help keep them safe.
#7 Sometimes, though, you can find beautiful white flowers among the spines!
Go in the Spring if you want to see these.
#8 And sometimes there’s red fruit, too!
A summer visit is called for if you’re hoping to see this.
#9 A saguaro can live to be 200 years old.
I wonder how old each of these ones are.
#10 Saguaros that have died have many uses.
You can use them to build roofs, furniture, or fences. Native Americans also used them to hold water.