Tourist shops in the southwest often carry prickley pear jam as one of their offerings. The pure white waxy blossom of the giant saguaro cactus was designated the state flower of arizona in 1931.
It grows to a height of forty to fifty feet and lives to an age of 150 to 200 years.
Arizona cactus flower. Strawberry hedgehog cactus the strawberry hedgehog cactus is a fruit bearing cactus with beautiful bright magenta flowers which bloom in the spring. See more ideas about arizona cactus cacti and succulents cactus. Golden hedgehog cactus echinocereus nicholii occurs in northern mexico and southern arizona primarily within pima county.
They are most numerous in pima county in the far south 51 species and least common in greenlee county in the east 8 species. The broad flat leaves of this cactus can also be cut up boiled and eaten as a vegetable. It flowers in the spring and after the flower dies a fruit is produced which can be consumed by humans.
A number of cactus species boast radiant flowers in a variety of colors and they re truly a sight to behold. Brad lawrence used with permission the beautiful orange or pink flowers of cholla cactus are most visible in the late afternoon of the hotter months may to july at cave creek recreational area. It commonly grows in desert areas of the southwestern united states in the sonora desert regions and usually grows in clusters sometimes up to 20 or more stems.
Cacti are found all across the state. The main species first those with a photograph and full description page followed by all other species generally less common. Cactus flowers are blooming in arizona and here are the 7 best places to spot them.
Mar 25 2019 all that has stickers. Named for its pale yellow spines golden hedgehog cactus is a small spreading species comprised of up to 20 2 foot tall stems lined with exceptionally thick 3 inch long spines arranged in rosette patterns. Pictures of arizona cactus flowers cholla cactus flowers in the cave creek recreational area.
Wildflower season might be for the most part over but a different type of bloom is adding vibrancy to the arid desert landscape. Below is a list of all cacti found in arizona. The fruit is often made into a jam.
Official state flower of arizona. The giant saguaro cactus cereus giganteus is indigenous to arizona.