Cactus: Enduring Symbol of the Southwest
If you're looking for icons of the Southwest, look no further than the Sedona Artist Market. Red rocks, dream catchers, kokopellis, ravens, lizards, and wolves are all represented here in a variety of media.
One of the most popular subjects for our many talented artists is the cactus. Most people picture the tall, slender saguaro when thinking of Southwest cacti, but there are actually more than 1,750 known species, most of which are native to the Americas.
But the distinctive saguaro cactus only grows in southern Arizona, from sea level to about 4,000 feet in elevation.
All cacti are succulents, but not all succulents are cacti. Succulents are any plants with cells that retain water, and while many of them may look like cacti, there are some differences; namely, cacti have small round structures that sprout spines, branches, leaves, and flowers. If a succulent doesn't have these features, it doesn't belong to the cactus family.
The barrel cactus is named for its squat, tubular shape and can grow up to 10 feet tall, tho it's usually closer to the ground. The flowers of this type of cacti always grow from its top.
Prickly pear is the name of both the edible plant with flat rounded pads and the vivid red fruit it produces in the summer, sometimes called tuna, which is Spanish for fruit.
Whatever type of cactus you're looking for, chances are we have it at the Sedona Artist Market.
(Cheryl and Chuck Hensley)
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