Horticulture in the Desert

a place to share and learn about plants in the Sonoran Desert

Carnegiea gigantea – Saguaro

Posted by VT Jenny on March 13, 2009

Carnegiea gigantea – Saguaro

Size: columnar up to 50′; branching after ~50 years
Flowers: open day and night, with bell-shaped in late spring, edible fruit follow
Site: Full sun, well drained soils
Uses: Specimen or focal point
Foliage: numerous areoles, spines in dense clusters gray to blackish, tissue grayish green
Native: areas of Sonoran desert in AZ, S. CA just west of the Colorado River and into Sonora

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