Cacti and Desert Succulents

Saguaro National Park is home to 25 species of cactus ranging from the towering saguaro cactus (Carnegiea gigantea) to the tiniest type of cactus in the park, the mammillaria.

the sun sets behind a handful of saguaros
The Saguaro Cactus

Learn about our giant cactus, the majestic saguaro!

Barrel Cactus with two yellow flowers on top of it
Barrel cactus

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Fishhook barrel cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii)
Staghorn cholla cactus
Staghorn cholla cactus

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Staghorn cholla cactus (Opuntia versicolor)
A few hedgehog cacti with dark pink flowers
Hedgehog cactus in full bloom
Pinkflower hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus fendleri var. fasciculatus)
Yellow flowers on top of prickly pear cactus
Prickly pear flowers

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Engelman's prickly pear cactus (Opuntia engelmannii)
A field full of teddybear cholla
Teddybear cholla and its flower

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Teddybear cholla cactus (Opuntia bigelovii)
Chainfruit cholla
Chainfruit cholla flower

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Chainfruit (jumping) cholla cactus (Opuntia fulgida)

Last updated: June 27, 2023

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