Plants and cold, windy climates without much sunlight don’t really sound like a likely combination. But that’s just what plants growing in the harsh tundra habitat have to deal with. Believe it or not, some plants are adapted to growing in these exact conditions. The tundra is not hospitable for plant growth much of the year. The growing season is short and usually occurs during the summer months of June-August. Because of the latitude of the tundra biome, the Sun remains at a low angle in the sky, so it never gets too warm even though it may shine for many hours each day. In fact, it’s so cold that there’s a permanently frozen layer of soil just under the surface called the permafrost, so any plants that grow in the tundra must have shallow roots.