Cactus and Cactus Flowers: Photos From Phoenix, Arizona

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    Prickly Pear Cactus Flowers

    Prickly Pear Cactus Blooms Over Death Valley National Park
    Michael Okimoto / Getty Images
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    Prickly Pear Yellow Cactus Flowers

    Close-Up Of Yellow Flowers Blooming On Tree
    Michail Lazaridis / EyeEm / Getty Images
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    Orange Cactus Flowers

    Orange Cactus Flowers
    Judy Hedding

    You'll see hedgehogs bloom with pink and red flowers, too.

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    Saguaro Cactus Bloom

    Saguaro Flower Buds
    Yvette Cardozo / Getty Images

    Learn more about the saguaro cactus.

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    Saguaro Cactus Flowers

    Saguaro Cactus Flowers
    © Judy Hedding

    Bees fly in formation around the saguaro flowers. The saguaro flower is Arizona's official state flower.

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    Barrel Cactus Flower

    Barrel Cactus Flower
    Judy Hedding

    The blooms are not always orange!

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    Aloe Vera Blooms

    Aloe Vera Blooms
    © Judy Hedding

    The Aloe Vera in bloom shows off unusual orange flowers. This picture was taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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    Blooming Ocotillo With Saguaros

    Blooming Ocotillo
    © Brian Hankes, used with permission.

    Here is a blooming Ocotillo in the foreground with many saguaros in the background, taken in Cave Creek Regional Park, just north of Phoenix.

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    Barrel Cactus and Teddy Bear Cholla

    Barrel Cactus and Teddy Bear Cholla
    © Brian Hankes, used with permission.

    Here are teddy bear cholla (left) and barrel cactus (right) with saguaros and mountains in the background, taken in Cave Creek Regional Park, just north of Phoenix.

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    Cactus Blooms in May

    Cactus Blooms in May
    © Brian Hankes, used with permission.

    Here are May cactus blooms, taken in Cave Creek Regional Park, just north of Phoenix.

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    Ocotillo Flower

    Ocotillo Flower
    © Brian Hankes, used with permission.

    The tip of this blooming ocotillo has two saguaros in the background, taken in north Scottsdale looking toward Carefree.

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    Barrel Cactus View

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    Adam LaFave

    This barrel cactus on Camelback Mountain is a popular spot for photographers. See another view on the next page.

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    Barrel Cactus on Camelback Mountain

    Barrel Cactus on Camelback Mountain
    Brian Hankes, used with permission.

    Close-up of Barrel Cactus, looking north over the city of Phoenix from the Cholla Trail of Camelback Mountain.

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    Cactus Forest

    Cactus Forest
    © Judy Hedding

    Here is a cactus picture taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a Cleistocactus from central and southern South America. 

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    Yucca in Bloom

    Blooming Yucca
    © Judy Hedding

    Here is a blooming yucca taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    Bee and Saguaro Flower

    Bee and Saguaro Flower
    © Brad Lawrence, used with permission
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    May Cactus Blooms

    May Cactus Blooms
    © Tony Perrino, used with permission

    Here are cholla cactus blooms in May, in Prescott, Arizona.

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    Red Prickly Pear

    Red Prickly Pear
    © Brad Lawrence, used with permission
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    Ocotillo Bloom

    Ocotillo Bloom
    © Brad Lawrence, used with permission
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    Purple Prickly Pear

    Purple Prickly Pear
    © Brad Lawrence, used with permission
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    Prickly Pear Flower

    Prickly Pear Flower
    Prickly Pear Flower Photo © Lynne Parrish, used with permission
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    Blooming Cactus

    Blooming Cactus
    Blooming Cactus Photo © Mike Niemira, used with permission

    This picture of a blooming cactus flower was taken in Tucson, Arizona.

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    Ocotillo Blooms

    Ocotillo Blooms
    © Len Nowak, used with permission

    The spikey cactus is called an ocotillo (oh-koh-tee-yoh).

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    Agave

    agave
    © Paul Brochner, used with permission.

    Hre is an agave, taken out in the desert east of the Sunset Point Rest Area.

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    Ocotillo in Bloom

    Ocotillo in Bloom
    © Patricia J. Redic, used with permission.

    Here is an Ocotillo in bloom on Superstition Mountain in Apache Junction.

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    Cactus in Bloom

    Cactus in Bloom
    © Bob Czzowitz, used with permission.

    This beautiful bloom was photographed at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Superior, AZ. The Boyce Thompson Arboretum is one of Arizona's State Parks.

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    Organ Pipe Cactus Flower

    Organ Pipe Cactus Flower
    Kassie Sheerin, used with permission.

    Here is a large white bloom on an Organ Pipe Cactus. The bloom measures 8" across.

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    Orange Cactus Flower

    Orange cactus flower
    © Ruth Jolly, used with permission.

    This orange cactus flower was photographed in Mesa, AZ.

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    Blooming Barrel Cactus

    Blooming Barrel Cactus
    Blooming Cactus Picture © Diane Simon, used with permission.

    This blooming barrel cactus was photographed at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

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    Blooming Prickly Pear Cactus

    Blooming Prickly Pear Cactus
    Blooming Cactus Picture © Diane Simon, used with permission.

    This blooming prickly pear cactus was photographed at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

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    Hedge Hog Cactus Flower

    Hedge Hog Cactus Flower
    © Brad Lawrence, used with permission

    This cactus flower picture was taken in the Phoenix, Arizona desert in the McDowell Mountains.

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    Pincushion Cactus in Bloom

    Early blooming pincushion cactus
    Cactus Picture © stellakathryn, used with permission

    Here is an early blooming pincushion cactus. This cactus flower picture was taken on the first water trail off of the Apache Trail (Highway 88).

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    Colorful Cactus Flowers

    Cactus Blooms
    © Cindy Bilsing, used with permission

    This cactus flower picture was taken near the Salt River in Phoenix, Arizona.

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    Cholla Cactus Flowers

    Cholla Cactus Flowers
    Brad Lawrence, used with permission

    This cactus flower picture was taken in the Arizona desert, Cave Creek Recreational Area.

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    Beautiful Spring Blooms

    May Flowers in Scottsdale, Arizona
    © Dovie Wylie, used with permission.

    Here is a gorgeous bloom at the Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, a Scottsdale, Arizona resort.

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    Prickly Pear Flower With Bee

    Prickly Pear Flower With Bee
    © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    Here is a prickly Pear flower with bee, photo taken in northeast Phoenix, AZ.

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    Engelmann’s Hedgehog

    Springtime in Phoenix
    Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    Here is an Engelmann’s Hedgehog in bloom with bright pink flowers.

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    Cardon Grande Blossoms

    Cardon Grande Blossoms
    Gene Bishop, used with permission.

    The photographer might have thought he planted a saguaro since the cactus is standing upright. The flowers are not saguaro flowers, though, which are smaller and more compact.The horticulturalists at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix believe that this cactus is a hybrid of the Cardon Grande (Echinopsis terscheckii) and the Echinopsis tacaquirensis.

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    Argentine Giant Gets Ready for Full Bloom

    Argentine Giant cactus
    Brad Lawrence, used with permission

    This Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans) is getting ready to fully open it's gorgeous, huge, yellowish-white blooms. After they are open, the blooms will look like the ones on the next page! Blooms typically last for only one day.

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    Argentine Giant Cactus

    Argentine Giant Cactus
    Dave Wilcox, used with permission.

    This picture of an Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans) with flowers was taken in Sun Lakes, Arizona. That's a community south of Phoenix near Chandler.

    The flowers are typically large and white or off-white, with blooms lasting one or two days. It usually blooms in March through May in the Arizona desert.

     

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    Look What Happened Last Night

    Argentine Giant Cactus Arizona
    Joyce Dudley, used with permission

    The beautiful, huge blooms on the Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans) last only for one day. Every year I get several questions asking to identify these fantastic blooms. Check out one more amazing photo, on the next page.

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    Echinopsis Candicans

    Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans)
    Terry Cowan, used with permission

    Argentine Giant

    From the photographer: "I planted this cactus from a cutting in the Spring of 2010. I live in Apache Junction, Arizona. Other than at first planting it has never been watered or fertilized. This year (2016) it produced over 120 blossoms over 22 days. Fifty-two, shown here [one can't be seen in the photo], was the most at one time. This was a very unusual year as, in the past, it produced under fifty in three days, most in one day (39)."

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    Blooms on the Trail

    Gateway Trail in Scottsdale
    © Michelle Grieg, used with permission

    Here are cactus blooms on Gateway Trail in Scottsdale, AZ.

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    Blooms on the Trail

    Gateway Trail in Scottsdale
    © Michelle Grieg, used with permission

    Here are cactus blooms on Gateway Trail in Scottsdale, AZ.

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    Blooms at the Lake

    Cactus Blooms at Canyon Lake in Arizona
    Kel Kerschen , used with permission

    Here are cactus blooms at Canyon Lake near Tortilla Flat, AZ.

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    In the Pink

    Cactus Blooms in Salome Arizona
    Steve White, used with permission

    The photographer did not identify this plant for us, but it might be a spinystar (Escobaria vivipara). Where is Salome, Arizona? It is in eastern Arizona, in La Paz County.

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    Cereus Cactus Bloom

    Cereus night bloomer
    Tom Bianco, used with permission

    Here is a cereus night bloomer. The flowers close during the day

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    Pink Cereus

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    © Philip Contreras, used with permission

    Here is a pink cereus photo taken in North Phoenix.