Saguaro Cactus Flowers

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    Arizona State Flower

    Saguaro Cactus Flower
    Saguaro Cactus Flower In 1901 the saguaro’s blossom was adopted as the official territorial flower, and later, in 1931, it was confirmed as the state flower. Saguaro Cactus Flower © Judy Hedding

    Pictures of the Arizona State Flower

    The saguaro cactus flower is Arizona's official State Flower. It is the subject of many photographs, and commonly conjures up thoughts of the west and the beauty of the Southwest desert.

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Spring Blooms

    Saguaro Cactus Flower
    Saguaro Cactus Flower The saguaro cactus typically blooms in May and June. Saguaro Cactus Flower © Judy Hedding

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    A Unique State Flower

    Saguaro Cactus Flower.

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    A Month of Blooms

    Saguaro Flower
    Saguaro Cactus Flower There may be hundreds of flowers on a saguaro cactus that bloom just several at a time over a period of more than a month. Saguaro Cactus Flower © Judy Hedding

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Saguaro Blooming

    Saguaro Cactus Flower
    Saguaro Cactus Flower An unusual saguaro at Desert Botanical Garden, in bloom. Saguaro flowers have a short life; they open at night and close permanently during the next day. Saguaro Cactus Flower © Judy Hedding

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    One Day of Beauty

    Saguaro Blossom
    Saguaro Cactus Flower Many of the blossoms will become pollinated and, later in the summer, the flowers become red-fleshed fruits that are enjoyed by the local bird population. © Brad Lawrence, used with permission

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Saguaro Fruit

    Saguaro fruit
    Saguaro Cactus Flower After the saguaro flower dies fruit begins to ripen. The fruit contains the seeds of the plant in a sweet jelly the birds can’t resist. Before the fruit opens you can dislodge a fruit from the tree, cut it open and actually eat it. © Brad Lawrence, used with permission

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Blooming Desert Saguaro

    Blooming Desert Saguaro
    Saguaro Cactus Flower A stately saguaro blooms in the Arizona desert. © Judy Hedding

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Saguaro With Flowers

    Saguaro With Flowers
    Saguaro Cactus Flower. © Judy Hedding

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Blooming Saguaro and Palo Verde

    Saguaro and Palo Verde
    Saguaro Cactus Flower This blooming saguaro is situated near a tree with yellow flowers. That's palo Verde, Arizona's State Tree. © Judy Hedding

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Saguaro Flowers with Palo Verde Flowers

    Saguaro Flowers with Palo Verde Flowers
    Saguaro Cactus Flower. © Judy Hedding

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Saguaro in Bloom

    Saguaro in Bloom
    Saguaro Cactus Flowers A saguaro in bloom at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, Arizona. © Ruth Jolly, used with permission.

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    After the Flower, Saguaro Fruit

    Saguaro Fruit
    Saguaro Cactus Flowers After the saguaro blooms, the red fruit is eaten by birds. This photo was taken in Apache Junction, AZ. © Ruth Jolly, used with permission.

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Gila Woodpecker and Saguaro Flower

    Gila Woodpecker and Saguaro Flower
    Saguaro Cactus Flowers Gila woodpecker enjoying the nectar of a saguaro flower. © 2010 Judy Hedding

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Saguaro Flower

    A saguaro flower photographed in Scottsdale, Arizona
    In Scottsdale, Arizona A saguaro flower photographed in Scottsdale, Arizona. © Benjamin Rosales, used with permission

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.

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    Saguaro Flowers

    Saguaro Flowers
    In Phoenix, Arizona Saguaro Flowers. © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission

    The Saguaro Flower is one of Arizona's official state symbols.