New Issue: Daisies mark winter’s end

Each year, Canada Post heralds the arrival of spring with a new flower issue.

This year’s issue, which includes two colourful daisy stamps, is being released today. One stamp will depict the lakeside daisy (Tetraneuris herbacea). Named after an Ohio village, this brilliant yellow wildflower is now almost exclusively found on Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula and southern Manitoulin Island. Designated as threatened on the federal and provincial lists of species at risk, this perennial thrives in areas of exposed bedrock with scant soil—areas that are also prone to development. Its beauty is fleeting, and its golden flowers last only about a week.

Canada Post’s Daisy series includes this fleabane (Erigeron speciosus) stamp.

The other daisy being featured is the fleabane (Erigeron speciosus), which welcomes spring in wet meadows and open forests in British Columbia and Alberta’s high country. This attractive wildflower, which is usually found in lavender but also exists in pink and white, is known by many other names, including pretty daisy and aspen or Oregon fleabane. Although it has played a role in traditional medicine, the best tonic this bloom provides may just be the hope that spring is finally close at hand.

The lakeside daisy (Tetraneuris herbacea) is depicted on this Permanent stamp.

The stamps will be sold in booklets of 10 stampsstrips of four and 10 stamps; and coils of 50 stamps. Also being issued are souvenir sheets of two stamps; an official first-day cover (OFDC); and two postage-paid postcards. They were printed by Lowe-Martin using four-colour lithography. Measuring 26 mm x 32 mm, the stamps has tagging along the left and right sides.

As with all 2017 stamp issues, these stamps include a reference to Canada’s sesquicentennial. The words “Canada 150” are printed in microtype on each stamp.

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