10 Amazing Facts about Saguaros

Estrella is located in the Sonoran Desert, which happens to be home to one of the most majestic of all desert plants, the saguaro cactus.  Below are ten interesting facts about this Arizona icon, courtesy of the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum and Phoenix About.com


1. The saguaro cactus, scientific name - Carnegiea Gigantean - grows exclusively the Sonoran Desert.

2. These desert plants take a very long time to grow and in the first 8-10 years of a saguaro’s life, it may only grow between 1-1.5 inches.

3. The average height of a saguaro is roughly 40 feet, but under the right conditions the plant can reach 60 feet or more– the tallest ever recorded was 78 feet tall!

4. A saguaro is usually 50-75 years old before it grows its first branch, and some never develop arms at all.

5. A saguaro must be 35 years old before it begins producing flowers – its blossom is the official Arizona state flower.

6. Demonstrating true longevity, the saguaro can live for up to 200 years.

7. The saguaro can hold up to a ton of water and an adult saguaro can weigh six tons!

8. The roots of a saguaro are very shallow and expand like an accordion to absorb as much water as possible.

9. Saguaro cacti are very important to the Sonoran ecosystem and a large number of animals use the cacti for food and shelter.

10. After a saguaro dies, its woody ribs are often used to build fences, native roofs and furniture.


Our residents enjoy beautiful, natural desert landscaping and the saguaro is just one of many native plants we work to preserve throughout the community.

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