Pros and survival strategists
Plants generally have to be tougher up here, for snow lies long, nutrients in the ground are scarce, and temperatures go down quickly, even in summer. But the plants are experts and have developed special survival strategies, as Werner explains to us using the example of a particular alpine rose: "The hairy alpenrose is indeed super hairy, which helps her to survive in this climate zone, just as it's the case with edelweiss and bellflowers." And just as they do in the northern part of Sweden, reindeer cup lichen grow here, too, which serve animals as food and consequently ensure their survival. Werner says, laughing: "Reindeer would feel very much at home up here."