Saguaro Cactus with Flower

[May 20, 2005 – Tucson, Arizona] The white flower from the Saguaro Cactus was confirmed as the “State Flower” of Arizona in 1931. This trademark cactus is found only in the Sonoran Desert. The crazy thing about this flower is its incredibly short life-span. The flower opens at night and closes permanently throughout the following day. Any one Saguaro can bloom up to 100 flowers during its short flower season. The flowers only bloom between May and June, so I just happened to be there at the right time. This Saguaro was on the grounds of the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa where I was staying on business. More desert photos to follow.