Carnegiea gigantea --Saguaro Cactus--

The classic Sonoran desert native cactus, growing up to 200 years and 50 feet tall. Beautiful giants of the deep desert. Blooms appear april through June, opening in the cool night air, and are often pollinated by bats and hummingbirds. Woodpeckers often dig dens in the trunk of these, which can later be homes to owls, martins, and other birds. Fruit and seeds are edible, and native peoples used the ribs and empty woodpecker holes for building and storage. Incredible plants are protected from damage by law in Arizona, where it is the state flower.