Carnegiea Gigantea | Giant Saguaro Cactus
The saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) is a tree-like cactus species. It can grow to be over 40 feet (12 m) tall. It is native to Arizona, Mexico, and areas of California The saguaro blossom is the state wildflower of Arizona. Saguaros have a relatively long lifespan, often exceeding 150 years. They may grow arms but some never grow any. Saguaros grow only from seed, never from cuttings, and grow to be over 40 feet (12.2 meters) in height.
Saguaros can survive a few hours of below freezing temperatures.
- The saguaro is an important source of food and shelter. Saguaro spines are sometimes used as sewing needles and the ribs are used to make harvesting tools.
- The ribs of the saguaro were used for construction and other purposes by Native Americans.
- The Seri people of northwestern Mexico used the plant, which they call mojépe, for a number of purposes.
For seeds of this cactus please see our Carnegiea Gigantea | Giant Saguaro Cactus Seeds.