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Carnegiea gigantea /Saguaro Cactus

Carnegiea gigantea    / Carnegiea gigantea
White flowers and developing floral buds
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White flowers and developing floral buds

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Mature specimen in a desert setting in Arizona

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Scientific Name: Carnegiea gigantea
Common Name: Saguaro Cactus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Xeriscapes
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Comments: The desert dweller is the largest native cactus in the United States. It may take up to 75 years for arms to develop and plants can live for 200 years. Must have dry, arid soils and full sunlight for best performance. Striking specimens growing in the Southwest deserts.