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Some plants grow in land that is rich. Some plants grow where there is a lot of sun. These plants do very well. But there is something beautiful about plants that grow against the odds.
Way up in the arctic, the land is cold and hard. The winter is long and dark. But the arctic plants find a way to get by.
Summer comes for just a few weeks. The ice turns to water. Plants begin to grow.
Arctic moss grows on the land. It adds a bit of heat so that other plants can grow, too.
Arctic plants stay together. When they stay together, the cold winds are not so bad.
In other places, trees try to grow to the sky. But they would not last in the arctic. So the arctic willow is not like the other trees. The arctic willow grows on its side. It grows along the land. This may be odd, but it works.
The sun is out all day and all night. But the sun will go away soon. So the arctic poppy always looks on the bright side. The arctic poppy always faces the sun.
Yes, there is something beautiful about plants that grow against the odds.