All About Cactuses

April 27, 2018
PLANT POWER Saguaros in the Sonoran Desert can be 60 feet tall.
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Cactuses are plants. They live in the desert. They grow where it is hot and dry. Read on to learn more about cactuses.

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Cactuses are special.

There are about 2,000 types of cactuses. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors.

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Cactuses are desert plants.

The desert is usually very dry. When it rains, cactuses store up water. That helps them survive.

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Cactuses have spines.

Some spines are big. Some are small. All are sharp. Spines help protect the plant from predators.

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Cactuses bloom.

They grow flowers. Some cactuses bloom for only a day. Others have flowers that open only at night.

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Some types of cactus can be eaten. This is a prickly pear cactus. Its fruit is sweet. Its pads are eaten as a vegetable. Yum!