Hairiness: Fuzzy & Warm!

Some tundra plants use a strategy similar to furry mammals- they are hairy!

The fuzzy fibers trap a layer of still air around the plant. This helps the plant conserve precious warmth and moisture that the wind can strip away. Plus, insects that would like to chomp on the plant may have a hard time getting through all of that fuzz!

Keep an eye out for these and other fuzzy plants on the tundra!

Thistle plants are very fuzzy. Some species are native, and others are invasive. Look for these along disturbed ground near roads and trails.

 

Look under the yellow Old Man of the Mountain flower and you will see a very fuzzy plant.

 

These Western Yellow Paintbrush plants are pretty hairy, too!

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