The magnificent saguaro cactus can grow to astounding heights, anywhere from 15 to 50 feet and they live for a very long time, an estimated 200 years! However, they have an amazingly shallow root system to support such grand heights and weights. Sometimes they need a little help, especially those that have been transplanted into a garden setting. I spotted this one at Encanto park being supported so that it won’t topple over.
The flower of the saguaro is the state flower of Arizona. Hopefully in the spring I’ll be able to capture a few blossoms to share with you.