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Arizona icons are largest, oldest cacti in the U.S. | Wanderlust


Last updated 12/18/2021 at 4:59pm

Photo courtesy of Debbie Stone

The saguaro cactus, which can reach up to 60 feet high and 200 years old, is plentiful in Arizona's Sonoran Desert.

Cacti are quirky characters with their prickly, spiny exteriors and odd, irregular shapes. You either like them or you don't. I personally find them beautiful and admirable for their unique qualities.

These plants are real troopers. They're stalwart, perseverant and possess the patience of Job. Their needs are few, and they handle challenging conditions with aplomb.

In some ways, cacti share commonalities with humans. Like people, they come in many different varieties. Both also have dormant periods and periods of intense growth and blooming. And you probably know a person or two who appe...

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