Alpine meadow grass (poa alpina) is a widespread plant with plenty of clever tricks. It’s present throughout the northern hemisphere and is found in hillside meadows and high-Alpine zones. Because seed reproduction can no longer be guaranteed in particularly cool and moist areas, it does not thrive in areas with brief high-Alpine summers. After all, reproduction requires both time and energy to prepare flowers and mature seeds. The grass survives thanks to a unique strategy: instead of normal blossoms, it relies on plantlets that grow to become small daughter plants that fall to the ground and root when mature. The plant also uses classic seed reproduction in years with more favourable high-Alpine summers.