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|Hillside of Saguaro cactus.|
Saguaro cactus grow as seedlings underneath small trees, called "nurse-trees." Dropped as a seed by a bird, the cactus spends decades growing under the tree, eventually overtaking it. Saguaros don't begin to grow "arms" until they reach about 75 years old. So if you see one like this to the left, you can be assured it's older than 75.
Sometimes you even see one waving at you, like the one in the middle of the photo, below. These may not look especially large, but many of these cactus are 16-20 feet high and weigh upwards of a ton or more. They have extensive root systems just beneath the soil, sometimes reaching out 30 feet or more in all directions to help keep them from toppling over.
|Saguaro cactus, waving.|
|A home landscape.|
|Beautiful golden cactus.|
|Yucca flower top.|
|Barrel cactus group, larger ones are about 50 years old.|
|Prairie dogs live in the deep burrows of the ground.|
|When plants in this climate bloom, they are spectacular.|