Saguaro Cactus. Carnegiea Gigantea Cactus.
The Saguaro Cactus is the spectacular and iconic cactus of the 'Wild West' and the largest species in the United States. A columnar cactus, it is very slow growing but extremely long lived and not until it reaches around 50 years old will it start to branch, although some stay as a singular trunk. The skin of the Saguaro is covered in hard spines and flexible bristles as well as a thick waxy coating that prevents water loss and waterproofs the plant. The interior of the cactus is filled with a sponge-like tissue which retains water and as more water gets stored the skin expands.
In late spring older plants annually produce flowers up to 3 inches across, white-cream in colour with a yellow centre on top of the trunks and branches. These are nocturnal but remain open into part of the next day and are followed by fleshy red fruits.
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SAGUARO CACTUS. Carnegiea Gigantea.
Latin Name: Carnegiea Gigantea.
Common Name: Saguaro Cactus
Origin: Sonoran in Arizona, areas of Mexico and California.
Hardiness: Frost tender
Growth Characteristics: Very slow growing. Very large, long lived columnar Cactus. Ribbed with 2 inch spines and many bristles. Nocturnal 3 inch funnel shaped flowers, creamy-white with a yellow centre. Easy to grow. One long tap root and many wide ranging shallow ones. Drought tolerant.
Sun: Bright spot.
Soil: Well drained soil. Gritty.
Moisture: Water more in summer and during growing period. Allow to dry between waterings. Keep dry in winter.
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