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Item ID: 5
Family: Cactaceae
Genus: Carnegiea
Species: gigantea
Common Name: Saguaro
Habitat: Plants are found in the Sonoran Desert of extreme southeastern California, southern Arizona and northwestern Mexico. The Saguaro is at home on desert slopes, flats, and rocky areas up to about 4000 feet.
Range: Arizona, California and Sonora, Mexico
Care: The first word in care for the Saguaro is patience. It is easily grown from seed except for the fact that from seed the plant takes many years to reach several feet in height. Most garden plants are purchased from nurseries and are already large enough for establishment as a landscape plant. No special requirement is needed. Extra watering can sometimes speed up the growth but this practice is really up to the owner.
Propagation: The Saguaro is always grown from seed.
Size: 35 inches wide and up to 50 feet tall.
Shape: Columnar
Flowers: White
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The magnificent Saguaro Cactus, the state flower of Arizona, is composed of a tall, thick, fluted, columnar stem, 18 to 24 inches in diameter, often with several large branches (arms) curving upward in the most distinctive conformation of all Southwestern cacti.

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Once established this cactus will slowly grow into a magnificent specimen symbolic of the Sonoran Desert. Saguaros under cultivation can be coaxed into a more vigorous growth by adding additional watering during the summer months as long as this is done with a sense of moderation. All who love cacti and the true beauty of the Sonoran Desert should have this plant in their garden.

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