If you love cacti, like this heart-shaped prickly pear cactus, then you will love Arizona’s Botanical Gardens.
Some great places to visit include Tohono Chul Park, Sedona Botanical Gardens, Desert Botanical Garden, Tucson Botanical Garden, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and the Arboretum at Arizona State University.
White-throated Woodrats (Neotoma albigula), are also known as Packrats because of their habit of collecting all kinds of stray junk, plants, and sticks and bringing them back to their nests, which can be piled high. We had heard that they like “shiny things“, and even found a cell phone on one nest in the desert. It is best to keep your Arizona Plants cleaned up, to deny them a “nest” on your property.
They can be very destructive to homes, garages, and it is not uncommon to have them build nests inside car engines and then chew on electrical wiring. The one pictured here was right where we don’t mind having it, out in the desert and enjoying one of the many prickly pear cacti.
These are fishhook barrel cactus in bloom and we all photographed today in the desert.
During their sales events, they usually sell rescued Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii), like those pictured above. They also sell Hedgehogs (Echinocereus fasiculatus), Mammillaria (Mammillaria grahamii), and sometimes Chollas and Cholla wood and the occasional Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens).
You will find the link to Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society and other Arizona Plant and Flower Clubs on ArizonaPlants.com.
The creosote bush is a flowering plant, as pictured here, that we photographed today. It is a common species in the Southwest, including our Arizona Sonoran desert. When it rains, this is one of the plants that makes our desert smell so fragrant. Native Americans in the Southwest used this plant for medicinal purposes.
Learn more about Arizona plants, by visiting our Arizona Botanical Gardens.