A vertical low angle shot of a green cactus under a cloudy sky in the Sonoran Desert outside of Tucson Arizona

Saguaro Cactus Desert Landscape Plant

The Saguaro Cactus Desert Landscape.  Tall majestic cactus perfect for those who want low water Xeriscape yard.  It loves full hot sun, it will not do well with more than 6-7 hrs. shade.

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Saguaro Cactus Desert Landscape Plant

The scientific name is “Carnegiea  Gigantea”. There are many types the ones in the photo above are the most common.

Saguaro Cactus Desert Landscape Plant
A vertical angle shot of a green cactus under a cloudy sky in the Sonoran Desert outside of Tucson Arizona.

It is native to the Sonoran desert and will have a hard time growing in regions where the temperature falls below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. It will not typically grow above 4,000 ft.  The Saguaro will produce a small red or white waxy flower at about 30-40 years after planting.

The Saguaro Cactus
Brown Crested Flycatcher perched on Saguaro Cactus.

How tall does the Saguaro get?

It will grow up to 50 ft. tall with numerous arms on its sides. It is a slow-growing cactus so it is best to purchase the tallest one at your local nursery store.

Problems with the Saguaro

One of the biggest problems are woodpeckers that make holes towards the top of their spiny thorns.  It is a perfect place to make its nest.  Saguaro cactus necrosis is a bacterial fungus that infects this plant.  The disease will produce dark lesion spots.  It rarely kills the plant and produces a cork-looking area and best not to disturb the infected area doing so it will start to spread.

Information on the Saguaro Cactus

Common Name
Scientific NameUSDA ZoneWater UsageFlowerHeight Width
Saguaro Cactus
Carnegiea GiganteaUSDA Zones 8a to 11b:LowProduces a white flower50 ft. tall numerous arms.

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Saguaro Cactus Desert Landscape Plant

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