The temperatures vary greatly in the grassland biome from summer to winter. In summers, temperatures can reach up to 100 degrees fahrenheit. In the grassland, rain usually occurs in late spring and early summer. There is usually, on average, 20-35 inches of rain per year, but some rain falls as snow in the winter. Fire is quite common in temperate grasslands. Lightning or human activity is the most common reason for the fires.
Grasses are all over temperate grasslands. Trees are rarely found in these grassland regions. There are many different species of grasses that live in this biome, including, purple needlegrass, wild oats, foxtail, ryegrass, and buffalo grass. Many animals eat the grass, but they survive because the grasses grow very close to the ground. Grasses are not easily destroyed by fire. Shrubs and trees that live in temperate grasslands are not as good as grasses at growing with the flames, and often are destroyed by fire. Wildflowers also grow well in temperate grasslands. Some flowers found in grasslands are asters, blazing stars, goldenrods, sunflowers, clovers, and wild indigos.