Ridin’ Down the Canyon (Willie Nelson, Leon Russell)

Vegetation in Arizona varies from desert landscape to pine forest on certain mountains.

Phoenix just happens to be in the Sonoran Desert where the plants are most interesting and unique!


The prickly pear cactus (front) is easily identified by its broad, flat, green pads.


When you see something new in a supermarket, are you tempted to try it? We tried to cook these ‘pads’…not recommended lol
The ocotillo is a large shrub with long cane-like unbranched spiny stem.

Can you guess why this shrub is called the Palo Verde? It can grow up to 400 years…


Quite easy to guess this guy’s name… the golden barrel!


The saguaro cactus is one of the defining plants of the Sonoran Desert. It is a large, tree-like cactus that develops arms…


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The birds love the Saguaro and nest in the little holes made by the woodpeckers.

Sometimes, it is hard to decipher what is what lolIMG_7856

Norm did not want to visit the Botanical garden…Too bad, he could have received this wise advice from a saguaro cactus lol


One thing is for certain…


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