|The Arizona Desert is full of the Saguaro Cactus and we learned some fun facts about it on our travels. It grows only in the Sonora desert in the state of Arizona and portions of Mexico. It is the largest cactus in the United States and is very slow growing. They get to be between 150-200 years old but they don't start growing branches or arms until they are at least 12 feet high and 70 years old. They can grow as high as 60 feet tall and can weigh between 3200-4800 pounds. A 10 year old Saguaro (pronounced "sah-wah-ro" or "suh-wah-ro.") may be only 1.5 inches tall. They have white blossoms that bloom in late spring and red edible fruit in the summer. Native Americans used the Saguaro as a rich source of food. Woodpeckers and flickers make their homes in the cactus that are called "boots." Their skin is smooth and waxy and inside there are spines that absorb water. The saguaro can store about a ton of water in the spines and is able to bloom although it doesn't rain. Bats, bees, moths, and white winged doves are who normally pollinates them. The blossom of the Saguaro is Arizona's state flower. Thieves are digging up the Saguaros and selling them illegally as they have only one tap root that goes into the ground as many feet as the cactus is tall so young ones are easy to steal. The National Park Service is putting microchips in them to identify stolen plants. The other photos with this are also native to Arizona and while they are not blooming yet in the wilds some of them are blooming in the Desert Museum which is where we took these photos.