Amid the rare icy beauty of the Svalbard archipelago exists an extraordinary species of plant that has evolved its own internal central heating system to survive the long Arctic winters.
With it’s cushion-like shape, the compass plant (Silene actualise) soaks up as much of the circling sun as it can, most of which lands on its south facing side. This causes its diminutive pink flowers to bloom over the course of a month, beginning at first on its south side, then moving to its north side.
According to the BBC's Christina Holvey, this unusual patterning caught the eye of ancient explorers who used the plant like a compass to find their way, hence its name.
Read more and watch the incredible compass plant in bloom on the BBC Earth website.