Cactus and the desert work together in Arizona like salt and pepper.
Inside the row after row of RV’s, park model homes, clubhouses and accessory buildings, swimming pool and hot tub, pickle ball and tennis courts, are varieties of cactus. There are upwards of 2000 varieties of the prickly plant spread over the world. Most all of them have shallow root systems, the ability to gulp up water quickly and hold it for future use, and all withstand dry harsh hot climates.
These cactus have been planted, like the palm trees, at strategic locations in this RV resort. Many residents have additionally planted their own little cactus gardens in front of their park model homes also adding ceramic lizards, fountains and colorful potted plants. The largest cactus in this area is the Saquaro that can live 150 years and grow to 15 feet and there are many on each of the streets here. They are such special cactus that they are protected by the government.
If you dig up a saquaro in Arizona you are looking at a fine and jail time. Cactus rustling is new on the books but they won’t hang you for it – yet.
Living over a hundred is an accomplishment and cactus chances improve the further you are away from civilization.