Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman





Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C = Cactus: A to Z Blogging Challenge



 
Cactus can be found throughout most of Arizona. They come with names as picturesque as the desert itself: teddy bear cholla, prickly pear, hedgehog, jumping cholla, barrel, organ pipe, Joshua tree and my favorite the giant saguaro cactus.




            Saguaro are large tree-like cacti that develop arms as they age. They have white flowers that form a crown at the top of each column or arm and have been named the state flower. They are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert. It is estimated they live as much as 150-200 years. They grow extremely slow but can reach as tall as 60 feet. Arizona has strict laws against harming or digging up the saguaro.

            The ribs of a dead saguaro are used to make fences and furniture.
           



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6 comments:

  1. oh i love cactus--i used to have lots of house plants and when i looked at my cactus, i immediately felt summer :)

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    1. The best thing about cacti is they are around year 'round. I love the spring when they bloom though.

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  2. I love saguaro cactus. My favorite part of the drive from Phoenix to Prescott on Hwy 17 was around Black Canyon city where you see lots of Saguaro's. Like they are waving at you.

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    1. What a great way to describe Saguaros. Thanks again for visiting.

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  3. I lived in AZ for many years and both my kids were born in Phoenix. I esp. love the White Tank mountains.

    Popped by from the AtoZ Challenge.

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    1. Thanks for coming by. I'm amazed how many people have lived here and left. Then, there are so many who stay. lol

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