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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

AZ Sonora Desert Museum Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden is a regional collection of cacti and succulents grouped by growth forms. While walking through the garden you will be able to view dozens of species.

  • 1.

    Engelmann Prickly Pear

    Engelmann Prickly Pear

    A shrubby cactus forming hemispherical mounds up to 5 feet tall and 15 feet wide.

  • 2.

    Senita

    Senita

    Senita generally grow 10 to 13 feet tall with the same general shape as the organ pipe cactus.

  • 3.

    Organ Pipe Cactus

    Organ Pipe Cactus

    The many, usually unbranched stems that arise from ground level readily distinguish an organ pipe cactus.

  • 4.

    About Cacti

    About Cacti

    Dedicated in May 1965, this garden is named in honor of “Cactus” John Haag, and has 138 species of cacti.

  • 5.

    Beavertail cactus

    Beavertail cactus

    New pads of this species grow from bases of older ones.

  • 6.

    Teddy Bear Cholla

    Teddy Bear Cholla

    The detached joints will readily generate new plants by rooting and branching.

  • 7.

    Fishhook barrel

    Fishhook barrel

    The thick, barrel-shaped body of this cactus is usually 2 to 4 feet tall, sometimes reaching up to 10.

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