Washington County sits at the intersection of three major ecoregions: the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert. The result is a stunningly varied mix of native plants, animals and geologic landforms.
Though the boundaries of these regions can be drawn on a map, the plants and wildlife endemic to each area overlap and blend to create unique and diverse ecosystems.
Landscapes featuring native plants from these regions promote biodiversity conserve water and create a strong connection to the natural surrounding beauty.
The spectacular geological formations of the Colorado Plateau include all five of Utah’s national parks. This region has an extensive plant palette and is home to wide varieties of penstemons and buckwheat.
The Great Basin is North America’s largest desert, encompassing much of the western half of Utah. Common plants include various sagebrush species, saltbush and rabbitbrush.
The Mojave Desert is the smallest and driest of the North American deserts. The boundaries of the Mojave are generally defined by the presence of Joshua tree. Other common plant species include barrel cactus, globe mallow, desert willow and creosote.