Four Saguaro Cactus Blooming - Vulture City - Arizona
The Saguaro cactus is a large, iconic species native to the Sonoran Desert in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. One of the most distinctive features of the Saguaro is its ability to bloom beautiful white flowers, typically in May and June.
The Saguaro's blooms are large, white, and trumpet-shaped, and they appear on the tips of the cactus' arms. The flowers are highly fragrant and are pollinated by insects, such as bees, at night. After blooming, the flowers will eventually develop into juicy, edible red fruit, a food source for many desert animals, including birds and small mammals.
The Saguaro's bloom coincides with the beginning of the Arizona Monsoon season, and it is fitting that these cacti are highlighted in the sun as a monsoon storm approaches.