Desert Plants

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Saguaro Cactus
Illustration of three distinct saguaro cactus silhouettes with varied number of arms
The saguaro cactus (carnegiea gigantea) is the largest cactus species in the United States and is a defining image of the Sonoran Desert. An international icon of the American Southwest, the saguaro’s silhouette is often used for commercials and brands that want to convey the idea of the wild west.
Dimensioned drawing of assorted saguaro cacti and a human for scale
The saguaro cactus (carnegiea gigantea) is the largest cactus species in the United States and is a defining image of the Sonoran Desert. An international icon of the American Southwest, the saguaro’s silhouette is often used for commercials and brands that want to convey the idea of the wild west.
Saguaro Cactus

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Genus/Species: Carnegiea gigantea

Location: Sonoran Desert (S Arizona, W Sonora, Mexico, SE California)

Height: Average 30’ | 9 m; up to 40-60’ | 12-18 m

Weight: 3200-4800 pounds (during steady rain)

Diameter: Base Column: 18-24” | 45-60 cm

Flowers: White, April-June

Fruit: Red fruits, ripen in June

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Ocotillo

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