Here's a roundup of 48 beautiful photos of cactus plants and cactus flowers taken in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
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Saguaro Cactus Bloom
Learn more about the saguaro cactus.Continue to 5 of 48 below.
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Saguaro Cactus Flowers
Bees fly in formation around the saguaro flowers. The saguaro flower is Arizona's official state flower.Continue to 6 of 48 below.
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Aloe Vera Blooms
The Aloe Vera in bloom shows off unusual orange flowers. This picture was taken at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.Continue to 8 of 48 below.
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Blooming Ocotillo With Saguaros
Here is a blooming Ocotillo in the foreground with many saguaros in the background, taken in Cave Creek Regional Park, just north of Phoenix.Continue to 9 of 48 below.
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Barrel Cactus and Teddy Bear Cholla
Here are teddy bear cholla (left) and barrel cactus (right) with saguaros and mountains in the background, taken in Cave Creek Regional Park, just north of Phoenix.Continue to 10 of 48 below.
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Cactus Blooms in May
Here are May cactus blooms, taken in Cave Creek Regional Park, just north of Phoenix.Continue to 11 of 48 below.
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The tip of this blooming ocotillo has two saguaros in the background, taken in north Scottsdale looking toward Carefree.Continue to 12 of 48 below.
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Barrel Cactus View
This barrel cactus on Camelback Mountain is a popular spot for photographers. See another view on the next page.Continue to 13 of 48 below.
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Barrel Cactus on Camelback Mountain
Close-up of Barrel Cactus, looking north over the city of Phoenix from the Cholla Trail of Camelback Mountain.Continue to 14 of 48 below.
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Here is a cactus picture taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a Cleistocactus from central and southern South America.Continue to 15 of 48 below.
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Yucca in Bloom
Here is a blooming yucca taken at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.Continue to 16 of 48 below.
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May Cactus Blooms
Here are cholla cactus blooms in May, in Prescott, Arizona.Continue to 18 of 48 below.
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This picture of a blooming cactus flower was taken in Tucson, Arizona.Continue to 23 of 48 below.
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Ocotillo in Bloom
Here is an Ocotillo in bloom on Superstition Mountain in Apache Junction.Continue to 26 of 48 below.
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Organ Pipe Cactus Flower
Here is a large white bloom on an Organ Pipe Cactus. The bloom measures 8" across.Continue to 28 of 48 below.
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Blooming Barrel Cactus
This blooming barrel cactus was photographed at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.Continue to 30 of 48 below.
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Blooming Prickly Pear Cactus
This blooming prickly pear cactus was photographed at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.Continue to 31 of 48 below.
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Hedge Hog Cactus Flower
This cactus flower picture was taken in the Phoenix, Arizona desert in the McDowell Mountains.Continue to 32 of 48 below.
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Pincushion Cactus in Bloom
Here is an early blooming pincushion cactus. This cactus flower picture was taken on the first water trail off of the Apache Trail (Highway 88).Continue to 33 of 48 below.
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Colorful Cactus Flowers
This cactus flower picture was taken near the Salt River in Phoenix, Arizona.Continue to 34 of 48 below.
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Cholla Cactus Flowers
This cactus flower picture was taken in the Arizona desert, Cave Creek Recreational Area.Continue to 35 of 48 below.
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Prickly Pear Flower With Bee
Here is a prickly Pear flower with bee, photo taken in northeast Phoenix, AZ.Continue to 37 of 48 below.
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Cardon Grande Blossoms
The photographer might have thought he planted a saguaro since the cactus is standing upright. The flowers are not saguaro flowers, though, which are smaller and more compact.The horticulturalists at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix believe that this cactus is a hybrid of the Cardon Grande (Echinopsis terscheckii) and the Echinopsis tacaquirensis.Continue to 39 of 48 below.
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Argentine Giant Gets Ready for Full Bloom
This Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans) is getting ready to fully open it's gorgeous, huge, yellowish-white blooms. After they are open, the blooms will look like the ones on the next page! Blooms typically last for only one day.Continue to 40 of 48 below.
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Argentine Giant Cactus
This picture of an Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans) with flowers was taken in Sun Lakes, Arizona. That's a community south of Phoenix near Chandler.
The flowers are typically large and white or off-white, with blooms lasting one or two days. It usually blooms in March through May in the Arizona desert.Continue to 41 of 48 below.
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Look What Happened Last Night
The beautiful, huge blooms on the Argentine Giant (Echinopsis candicans) last only for one day. Every year I get several questions asking to identify these fantastic blooms. Check out one more amazing photo, on the next page.Continue to 42 of 48 below.
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From the photographer: "I planted this cactus from a cutting in the Spring of 2010. I live in Apache Junction, Arizona. Other than at first planting it has never been watered or fertilized. This year (2016) it produced over 120 blossoms over 22 days. Fifty-two, shown here [one can't be seen in the photo], was the most at one time. This was a very unusual year as, in the past, it produced under fifty in three days, most in one day (39)."Continue to 43 of 48 below.
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Blooms at the Lake
Here are cactus blooms at Canyon Lake near Tortilla Flat, AZ.Continue to 46 of 48 below.
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In the Pink
The photographer did not identify this plant for us, but it might be a spinystar (Escobaria vivipara). Where is Salome, Arizona? It is in eastern Arizona, in La Paz County.Continue to 47 of 48 below.
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