What are some of a tundra's plant adaptations?
- Tundra plants are small (usually less than 12 inches tall) and
low-growing due to lack of nutrients, because being close to the
ground helps keep the plants from freezing, and because the roots
cannot penetrate the permafrost.
- Plants are dark in color---some are even red---this helps them
absorb solar heat.
- Some plants are covered with hair which helps keep them
- Some plants grow in clumps to protect one another from the wind
- Some plants have dish-like flowers that follow the sun,
focusing more solar heat on the center of the flower, helping the
plant stay warm.