The Great Basin is a cold desert. On average, it gets approximately 10 inches of rain per year. Since it is in such a high elevation, most of it moisture comes during the winter snows. Even though there are very dry conditions, there are 411 different species of plants in the cold desert. Out of those, 13 are considered to be sensitive species.
Many plants living here have adapted over time. The flowering plants will only grow and produce seeds during a year when there is enough water. The seeds w