This prickly pear cactus, with blue-green pads, and grows glowing, dark cherry pink blooms that smell like watermelon. Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! Botanical Name: Epiphyllum hybrids or Phyllocactus. The ocotillo, often called a cactus, is not a true cactus. Pictures of Arizona Desert Flowers The tip of a blooming ocotillo with two saguaros in the background, taken in north Scottsdale looking toward Carefree. The horticulturalists at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix think this cactus is a hybrid of the cardon grande (Echinopsis terscheckii) and Echinopsis tacaquirensis, a plant native to Bolivia. Succulents such as agave and some varieties of aloe also become reddish, burgundy, or purple when stressed. The south-facing sides of saguaros develop a tough skin in response to the hot sun. From the photographer: "Taken at my home at the base of the Superstition Mountain, Apache Junction, 4-22-09.". Grow miniature varieties as houseplants. The bloom measures 8" across.". Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. Native to the canyons and limestone cliffs of Mexico, this easy-to-grow, fast-growing cacti features white flakes on its ribbed stem and produces pretty yellow flowers. Blooming Cactus Picture © Diane Simon, used with permission. An average honey bee colony collects 10 ounces of saguaro pollen over the season. Aloe vera in bloom has unusual orange flowers.

Saguaro and organ pipe cactus bloom at night, a few hours after sunset. This attractive specimen offers bright red-orange flowers. Prickly Pear Flower Photo © Lynne Parrish, used with permission. The beautiful orange or pink flowers of cholla cactus are most visible in the late afternoon of the hotter months (May to July) at Cave Creek Recreational Area.

Barrel cactus in bloom at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Teddy bear cholla (left) and barrel cactus (right) reside with saguaros near the mountainous area of Cave Creek Regional Park. Prickly pears are a subgroup of Opuntia, identified by their wide, flat, branching pads. Bloom colors range from dazzling white to everything but true blue and black. Four years later, it produced more than 120 blossoms over 22 days. This blooming ocotillo in north Scottsdale faces the town of Carefree, Arizona. The Sonoran Desert is known for its columnar cacti, but it also supports 2,000 species of plants. This cactus flower thrives at a water trail off of the Apache Trail (Highway 88). You can also grow it with other succulents where it’ll look great with its tiny flowers in red-pink colors! Botanical Name: Gymnocalycium oehnanthemum x horstii. Botanical Name: Chamaelobivia ‘Lincoln Gem’. The pads, flowers, and fruit are edible. It produces beautiful white flowers. It is a succulent that grows in similar conditions. All of them produce blossoms and fruit, but only two--saguaro and organ pipe cactus--produce white flowers. Wildflower Hunting in the American Southwest - Arizona, Easy Experiences in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Birds Found in Phoenix and the Surrounding Parts of Arizona, Activities and Attractions in the Phoenix Area, Top 5 Motorcycle Rides in Central Arizona, Tonto National Monument: The Complete Guide, The Best Time and Place to View Arizona's Wildflowers, 48 Hours in Phoenix: The Ultimate Itinerary, A Complete Guide to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Free and Low-Cost Children's Activities in Phoenix. Pictures of Arizona Cactus Plants and Cactus Flowers Ocotillo in Bloom. Pictures of Arizona Cactus Plants and Cactus Flowers Blooming yucca taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.

Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. In the foreground is this blooming ocotillo shrub with many saguaros in the background. They produce beautiful five-petaled red to brown flowers. Cacti are always going to be in trend, thanks to their ease of growing nature, plus the awesome range of color, size, and shapes they come in. Prescott, Arizona. This beautiful blooming cactus flower photographed in Tucson, Arizona, is about 100 miles southeast of Phoenix. The fruits of this cacti are juicy and taste like strawberries. Night blooming cereus (Hylocereus undatus) displays another large moth-pollinated white flower. Pictures of Arizona Desert Plants Close-up of Barrel Cactus, looking north over the city of Phoenix from the Cholla Trail of Camelback Mountain. The large, white blooms are pollinated by bees, bats and white-winged doves. It blooms white or yellow flowers. Pictures of Arizona Desert Plants Blooming Ocotillo in the foreground with many saguaros in the background, taken in Cave Creek Regional Park, just north of Phoenix. You have entered an incorrect email address! Saguaro and organ pipe cactus grow natively only in Saguaro National Park, outside of Tucson, Arizona. Cardon Grande Blossoms. The saguaro flower is about a three-inch-wide cluster of creamy white petals around a dense group of yellow stamens on about a four-inch-long stem. These cactus plants are in bloom at Canyon Lake near Tortilla Flat, one of the last surviving stagecoach stops along the Apache Trail. Saguaro cacti have one main trunk that branches out into several arms. Powder Puff is a small cactus coated with long white spines. © Sheryl Huss Walker, used with permission. They are also called nopal cactus or paddle cactus. Organ pipe cacti grow to a height of 25 feet. The flowers …

Botanical Name: Aporocactus flagelliformis. This cactus flower is a spinystar (Escobaria vivipara) in Salome in La Paz County in eastern Arizona. By using The Spruce, you accept our. This beautiful variety is distinguished by red thick spines.

It produces yellow blooms. This petite cactus only grows to 6 inches tall and blooms with white flowers. An award-winning variety, it forms slender erect columns in a gorgeous shade of white-silver and grows cute magenta-colored flowers. Mark the north side of the saguaro with chalk before moving and replant it so that side is facing north. This agave plant thrives in the desert of the Sunset Point Rest Area in Black Canyon City about 20 miles north of Phoenix. This creeping cactus has cylindrical blue-green stems with red flowers that open at night. During the day, its flowers remain closed. It is one of the best flowering cactus plants on the list! This pink cereus blooms in North Phoenix. Saguaros grow to a height of 50 feet. Pictures of Arizona Cactus Plants and Cactus Flowers From the photographer: "This was taken in the backyard of our North Scottsdale area home. Spines and wool fill the ribs of the unique globes of this cactus. It is a Cleistocactus from central and southern South America. Pictures of Arizona Cactus Flowers Bees fly in formation around the saguaro flowers. Related with ‘Hatiora gaertneri,’ this compact and bushy plant is native to Brazil. Twin-Spine is a rounded and mounding variety, covered with silver spines. Gene Bishop, used with permission. This large white bloom belongs to an organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).