I find the Saguaro Cactus intriguing. As a kid growing up in the Midwest, I thought this multi-armed cactus was a fabrication of cartoonists. I remember watching cartoons like the Road Runner, Huckleberry Hound, and of course Bugs Bunny. The background contained scenes of red rock, cactus, and the ever abundant tumbleweed….. all foreign to a young gal growing up in Illinois among cornfields.
Each saguaro cactus is unique. The ribs and needles appear to form an intricate and complex pattern. It took me weeks of living amongst these beauties before I was even able to pronounce the name saguaro correctly…. pronounced: sah – wah – ro.
The saguaro is a large, tree-sized cactus which can grow as tall as 70 feet (20 meters). They grace the landscape in all directions in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.
Saguaros are very slow growing and may only grow an inch or two its first eight years. Whenever it rains, saguaros soak up the rainwater and the cactus’ ribs will visibly expand. This might explain why the desert feels so alive after a rainfall.
Hubby and I have been hanging around Arizona’s Phoenix valley since the third week in February and have enjoyed watching the desert bloom.
One of the reasons we’ve prolonged our stay in Phoenix was for me to see the saguaro bloom.
The saguaros are late bloomers and most don’t start until sometime in May. However, they seem to start a little earlier at the Desert Botanical Garden, which of course I found rather exciting. Guess it doesn’t take much to entertain me these days.
With temperatures hovering in the nineties in Phoenix, Arizona, the saguaro are now starting to bloom in the wild. Most of the other cacti and vegetation are no longer blooming, but I have the fondest memories of the desert in bloom just a few weeks ago.
We’ll hang around Phoenix a few more days, then pack up and start our journey toward Colorado in search of cooler temperatures.
This post is in participation with the WordPress photo challenge – intricate. The needles on a cactus provide a complex, detailed, elaborate, and intricate maze. Fascinating plants that are particularly beautiful in the spring.