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The Saguaro Cactus, a Magnificent New Word of the Week

The Saguaro Cactus, a Magnificent New Word of the Week

Hello everyone! I hope that you are all enjoying your summer very much if it is summer for you, and if it is winter I hope that you are enjoying the season as well! Here in the US in El Paso, Texas, it is summer and very hot. The kids are out of school and we’ve been trying to see some new places while we have the chance. So when we had the opportunity to visit Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, we were really excited. I was worried about the heat, but we got very lucky and it rained during our visit, cooling everything off. 

Before we went I didn’t know anything about the incredible cacti that call the park home. I had seen photos, but actually going and seeing these marvels of nature really put in perspective how large and majestic they are. I knew that this place and the cacti who live here needed to be the blog’s new interesting word of the week! Here are some of the amazing facts we learned about the Saguaro Cacti during our trip.


A picture of Saguaro Cacti in the Sonoran Desert

 New Interesting Word of the Week:

Saguaro (pronounced SUH GWAA ROH)

Origin: According to Merriam Webster, the word originates from the Ópata language, a language spoken by indigenous people inhabiting the Sonoran Desert, Mexico. 

Meaning: A cactus inhabiting the Sonoran Desert. The Saguaros are found nowhere else in the world. They require very special temperatures and elevation in order to grow, and will not survive outside of the unique environment of the Sonoran Desert. They are huge, some growing over 60 feet tall, with the largest ever measured coming in at an impressive 78 feet! They have a long time to grow that tall, as they have a long lifespan of 150-175 years old. There are even known to be some Saguaros that have lived over 200 years! The Saguaros produce beautiful, fragrant flowers that are the Arizona State flower. The flower can mature into a fruit that can be eaten and used to make candies and jellies. However don’t touch or take anything from the Saguaros without permission, as they are protected under the law. 

What other fascinating plants and animals have you seen during your travels? What do you think about these incredible Saguaros? Let me know in the comments!

Wishing you safe and happy summer (or winter) travels!

-Winter in Olympus






  • I saw these last summer, they are so incredible

    Jessica on

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