There is no more iconic image of the southwest than the Saguaro Cactus, representing the rugged beauty of the desert landscape. While the cactus itself is impressive, towering up to 40 feet tall and living for over 100 years, it is during the bloom season that the Saguaro truly shines.
Each spring, the giant Saguaro Cactus produces one of the most beautiful flowers in the Sonoran Desert. The bloom season begins in late April and peaks the last week of May and the first week of June.
The Saguaro relies on bats and some birds for pollination. The large, stunningly beautiful white flowers with yellow centers that can be up to 6 inches in diameter bloom at night and close the following day.
The saguaro cactus blooms play an essential part in the region’s ecology. The flowers provide food for a variety of wildlife, including bats, bees, and birds. After the pollination process, the Saguaro cactus produces edible and sweet fruit and is an important food source for many animals in the desert ecosystem. The saguaro cactus is also an important habitat for many species of animals, from birds to reptiles to insects.