Mountain Flora Stamps

Mountain Flora Stamps

Forever 58¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 3/14/2022

Celebrate the beauty of mountain wildflowers with four new stamps. Each stamp in the block of four includes an illustration of one of these flowers: a purple pasqueflower; an orange-red wood lily; a bright yellow alpine buttercup; and a dark pink Woods’ rose.

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  • Celebrate the beauty of mountain wildflowers with four new stamps. Each stamp in the block of four includes an illustration of one of these flowers: a purple pasqueflower; an orange-red wood lily; a bright yellow alpine buttercup; and a dark pink Woods’ rose.

    The artist’s hand-drawn illustrations, refined digitally, create a block-print aesthetic. The color and shape of each flower was selected for its unique beauty and to complement the block of four.

    An important part of the natural world, wildflower habitats support species from butterflies and bees to birds and foraging mammals. Wildflowers grow in varied environments, including bogs and swamps, forests and woodlands, alpine meadows, mountain slopes, and coastal bluffs—even deserts. Some wildflowers are widely distributed across the United States, while others are specific to just a small area.

    Pasqueflower (Anemone patens) is distributed in the western and central U.S. It grows on mountain slopes and meadows as well as on prairie grasslands. One of the earliest blooming wildflowers, the common name pasque refers to Easter or Passover, when the flowers first begin to appear.

    Woods’ rose (Rosa woodsii) is native to parts of the western and central U.S. and blooms in late spring through July on stony slopes and in mountain forests, among other habitats. This fast-growing, long-lived perennial plant forms dense thickets of thorny shrubs that can reach 10 feet in height.

    Wood lily (Lilium philadelphicum) is a red or red-orange, summer-blooming flower. The native plant grows in many habitats, including mountain meadows in western states and the grassland prairies of the Great Plains. It is rarer in the eastern part of the country. The bulbs were once gathered for food by Native Americans.

    Alpine buttercup (Ranunculus adoneus) is one of more than 330 species of the Ranunculaceae family that bloom in the U.S. The flowers appear in spring in mountain meadows near the edge of melting snows and continue to bloom into summer. The native plant is found in several western states.

    Wildflowers, like many garden flowers, can have several common names; they can even share common names with unrelated plants. Botanical names are also frequently in flux as scientists learn more about the characteristics of each plant and reclassify them. As of the date these stamps were issued, the names, common and scientific, were accurate.

    Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with original art by Lili Arnold.

    The Mountain Flora stamps are being issued in booklets of 20 and coils of 3,000 and 10,000 Forever® stamps. These Forever stamps will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 683704,750904,761104

  • Issue:Mountain Flora Stamps
    Item Number:683700
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:March 14, 2022, Alpine, WY 83128
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Designer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Artist:Lili Arnold, Felton, CA
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Booklet:20
    Print Quantity:500,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tagged
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.77 x 1.05 in./19.558 x 26.67 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm
    Full Booklet Size (w x h):5.76 x 2.38 in./146.304 x 60.452 mm
    Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
    Plate Size:880 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
    Marginal Markings:Header: “Mountain Flora”, Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • ©2021 USPS in peel strip area • Barcode • USPS logo • Promotional text • Plate number in peel strip area
    Issue:Mountain Flora Stamps
    Item Number:750900
    Format:Coil of 3,000 (4 designs)
    Stamps per Coil:3000
    Print Quantity:12,000,000 stamps
    Image Area (w x h):0.73 x 0.84 in./18.542 x 21.336 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.87 x 0.98 in./22.098 x 24.892 mm
    Plate Size:594 stamps per revolution
    Coil Number Frequency:Plate number every 27th stamp below stamp image
    Issue:Mountain Flora Stamps
    Item Number:761100
    Stamps per Coil:10000
    Print Quantity:30,000,000 stamps
    Plate Size:594 stamps per revolution
    Plate Number:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
    Coil Number Frequency:Plate number every 27th stamp below stamp image

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