how to draw a saguaro cactus
Step 2. How to Draw a Saguaro Cactus
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Uploaded: May 1, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Novice  Novice Skill Level
Steps: 4
Updated: March 29, 2010
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This is a tutorial on a plant that is in bloom beginning this mouth. I figured it would be a good idea to start off this new mouth with a plant from the desert that actually blooms flowers even in the hot desert sun. So having said that, today you will learn "how to draw a Cactus". This cactus happens to be the state flower of Arizona. In 1901 the saguaro’s blossom was adopted as the official territorial flower, and in 1931, it was confirmed as the state flower. It has a thick, tall flute looking steam that is about 18 to 24 inches in diameter and can reach lengths of up to 40 feet high. Not only does this desert cactus get big, it ages well too. The Saguaro can age up to 200 years old before it dies out and becomes a shriveled up plant. This type of cactus resembles a long oversized pitch fork. The skin on the cactus is smooth and waxy which is odd because you would think that all cactuses have rough prickly surfaces but obviously that is totally not the case here. The trunk and stems are bold and sturdy, and they have sharp pointy spurs all over. Now, I said in the beginning of this description of the Saguaro cactus that the plant starts blooming from May-June. The flowers are thick, milky white clusters with yellow centers. The flower although it comes from a cactus, is characterized by having a waxy feel, but it is extremely fragrant in sent. Toward the middle of the spring months, the Saguaro will pollinate and later in the summer the flowers turn into reddish looking fruits that local Arizona birds feast upon. What most people do not know is that this particular cactus happens to be the largest cactus in the USA now that is impressive. This tutorial on the Arizona state flower will teach you "how to draw a cactus", step by step. Since this is an easy tutorial, you will have no problems understanding the easy to follow instructions. For those of you from Arizona, this one is for you.