The Giant Saguaro and it's protections under Arizona Law
Saguaro National Park Travel Blog› entry 10 of 42 › view all entries
Yesterday, as my daughter and I hiked Sabino Canyon, it occurred to me, from looking at the many people running, hiking, horseback riding and others just walking their pets, that they do not pay attention to their surroundings. They come and go; taking their surroundings or what they have for granted. My daughter pointed to me the many plants including the dead and asked so many questions that I had to come back and research them in order to give her an answer. She asked particularly about the giant saguaros and why it is criminal to cut them or even up root one to take home for your flower pot/garden. In June and July, the giant saguaro blooms and produces a beautiful white flower; the flower is the Saguaro blossom, Arizona's state flower. The Saguaro is the largest cactus in the United States and quite an unusual looking desert tree, it is pronounces sah-wah-ro and the plural of cactus is cacti (cac-tie).
The giant saguaro grows only at elevations below 3300 feet, they are only found in the desert of Arizona. Saguaro cacti are extremely susceptible to frost damage due to the fact that they hold high water content and can not survive in locations where frost is a natural occurrence (elevation more than 3300 feet).
To be continued . . .