Opuntia, or prickly pear cactus, like all true cactus species, are native only to the Western hemisphere; however, they have been introduced to other parts of the globe. Prickly pear species are found in abundance in Utah. // (c) Bill Singleton
The saguaro cactus of the Sanoran Desert can grow to be 50 to 60 feet to 18 m) in height and live upwards of 200 years. And when their creamy white flowers begin to bloom in early May and fill the desert landscape, the sight is spectacular.