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Red Still Life Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Nukoon Panyadee

The towering saguaro is perhaps the most familiar emblem of the Southwest. Found only in the Sonoran Desert, the largest concentration is in Saguaro National Park. In late spring (usually May), the succulent's top is covered with tiny white blooms—the Arizona state flower. The spring days from March through May are bright and sunny with wildflowers in bloom.

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The towering saguaro is perhaps the most familiar emblem of the Southwest. Found only in the Sonoran Desert, the largest concentration is in Saguaro National Park. In late spring (usually May), the succulent's top is covered with tiny white blooms—the Arizona state flower. The spring days from March through May are bright and sunny with wildflowers in bloom.

A Saguaro cactus will take   between 50 and 100 years to grow an arm.  The Saguaro   cactus flower is the official state flower of Arizona.

A Saguaro cactus will take between 50 and 100 years to grow an arm. The Saguaro cactus flower is the official state flower of Arizona.

I miss the Saguaro Cactus in my front yard in Arizona, and the blooms that would surprise me every once in a while. There were always babies nesting in the cactus as well.

I miss the Saguaro Cactus in my front yard in Arizona, and the blooms that would surprise me every once in a while. There were always babies nesting in the cactus as well.

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