Saguaro

Carnegiea gigantea

plant type:
shrub
lifecycle:
perennial
growing season:
warm
cover:
Low

Soil

Acceptable Soil Types:
Loam
Sand
Gravel
Acceptable Soil conditions:

Location

Min elevation:
0
Max elevation:
4000
Counties: 
Cochise
Gila
Graham
Greenlee
La Paz
Maricopa
Mohave
Pima
Pinal
Santa Cruz
Yavapai
Yuma

Reproduction & Growth

Growth rate: 
Slow
Germination Overall: 
Moderate
Germination rate: 
Moderate
Germination Requirements: 
well-drained soil, frequent watering, light exposure, warm temps
Reproduction: 
NA
Establishment: 
Low

Ecological

Drought resiliencePollinator habitatWildlife habitat

Additional Information

Commercial availability:
Commonly available
NOTES:
Intensive grazing can prevent recruitment of saguaro seedlings; generlaly need a nurse tree to establish; does nto survive fire
Citations:

Bowers & Pierson 2011; Ceotto 2009; Alford et al. 2005; Pavek 1993; Niering et al. 1963