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​​​​​​Ecologically, Lathrop is dominated by pinyon-juniper woodland and mixed grassland communities. Short-statured pinyon pine and one-seed juniper dominate the woodland, while blue grama, western wheatgrass, purple threeawn and sand dropseed are common grassland species. Common plants associated with both communities include yucca, cholla cactus, rabbitbrush and four-winged saltbush. Diverse wetland, riparian and aquatic plant communities have become established around the reservoirs and dams. Wetlands associated with waterfowl habitat ponds contribute to important watchable wildlife areas.


Rocky Mountain Ball Cactus near Visitor Center.
Image courtesy of Jonathan D Kelly.

Currently Common Sunflowers, Indian Blanket Flower, and Mexican Hat are in high bloom, but we have several other beautiful flowers  as well.  To see a list of our common wildflowers, view the Lathrop Wildflower List.