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Blooming Cactus!

Did you know cacti bloom! I have several variety of cacti in my yard that are already starting to bloom! Cacti that are natural to the Sonoran Desert bloom in Spring. The Prickly Pear Cactus blooms in April with a flower that looks similar to a rose, and fruit in summer. The Prickly Pear Cactus fruit is used to make a syrup that is turned into jelly and candy, which can be found for sale in shops around Tucson!

The majestic Saguaro Cactus flowers in May and fruits in June. The Saguaro Cactus flower looks somewhat like an Easter Lilly and is our Arizona State Flower! The Tohono O'odham Native Americans pick the fruit and ferment it into a wine to then hold a centuries old Saguaro Wine Ceremony! They hold a celebration drinking the wine including telling stories, dancing and ritual drinking, to bring down the clouds and start our summer monsoon rains!

Below are photos of cacti in bloom!


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