Swarm and his fellow biologists have noticed a trend in the park's saguaro population: There has been a surge in the number of baby cactuses since the 1960s.
Instead, thieves are targeting young cactuses that are just 1.
The most common misconception is that cactuses
and succulents don't need water,'' says Minnich.
1 -- 3 -- color) Saguaro cactuses
create a quintessential Southwest landscape in the western portion of Saguaro National Park, above.
But like all plants, cactuses can succumb to weeds.
I enjoy it, though - especially when the cactuses are in flower.
Most cactuses will grow satisfactorily in some shade, even if they do flower with greater profusion in the sun.
Bernstein informed me that many cactuses, as well as all of the aloes, are regularly visited by hummingbirds.
They began collecting cactuses
and succulents in the 1960s, when the house they lived in had a pool that filled the back yard.
It is the most charismatic of the large cactuses
, reaching 60 feet in height and living for up to 300 years.
Visitors also are invited to explore the Huntington's own 12-acre Desert Garden, where more than 5,000 different species of cactuses
and succulents provide a year-round show of their own.