Alpine cushion plants have fascinated botanists since the nineteenth century. As a result, positive associations between macrofauna and alpine cushion plants have been extensively studied. However, close attention has not been paid to the positive associations between alpine cushion plants and microfauna. In this issue, Shuai Chang et al. assess seasonal variations in the bacterial communities and soil properties of the rhizospheres of two alpine cushion plants. This study adds to our understanding of positive associations between alpine cushion plants and other species.