Did you know the saguaro is the largest cactus in the United States? There’s something about the Westside of Tucson that helps the Saguaros bloom a little earlier than the Eastside. Wonder if it’s because it’s closer to the Tohono O’odham reservation? Harvesting the fruit is one of their century’s old tradition.
This week we headed out to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum to see what was blooming. Today I’m going to share a few Saguaro pictures with you. Some of these blooms have been pollinated and now they are working nonstop to create some precious fruit.
During the night the flowers are pollinated by the lesser long-nosed bat and the Mexican long-tongued bat. During the daytime the flowers are pollinated by bees and birds such as the white-winged dove. There’s a pretty nice view from up here!
Saguaros need to be tough to survive in the desert. If you lose your head, just grow a few more arms. These arms are definitely being productive!
The Saguaros were blooming and so were the Ironwood trees. In good years ironwood trees turn lavender or purple with great masses of flower. The rains we had late last year were a definite plus.
Despite the size of the Saguaro on the left, we couldn’t detect any blossoms. I wondered if it was a result of it being crested or cristate.
This Saguaro disproved that idea! As we were leaving the Desert Museum. we saw this giant. It had quite a few blossoms.
Saguaros provide a perfect home for many of our desert creatures. This nest was too high up to determine if it was occupied.
Tucson is home to the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, a world class site enjoyed by visitors from all over the world. We are fortunate to have it in our own backyard along with Saguaro National Park’s East and West units. Don’t believe any of those Western movies that are portraying the action in New Mexico or Texas. If you see a Saguaro, it was filmed in the Sonoran Desert. Why? Because it’s the only place you can enjoy these beautiful cacti.