Canada Post heralds spring with annual flower stamp issue
Canada Post will once again bring some colour and freshness
into the lives (and mail) of winter-weary Canadians with its annual flower stamp issue. This year, the focus is on aquatic blooms, with the
domestic-rate PermanentTM stamps featuring two varieties of lotus:
The only lotus indigenous to this continent, the American Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) has a creamy yellow flower and needs warmth and sunshine. The rare and threatened species grows at its northern limit
along the shores of lakes Erie and St. Clair in southern Ontario. It is
also found in wetlands in most of the eastern United States and as far
south as Honduras.
The Sacred Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), bearing delicate pink and white petals, is the national flower of India and has deep religious
significance for Buddhists and Hindus. Native to the tropical and
warm-temperate regions of Asia and Australia, the sacred lotus is
cultivated in North America and can become wild.
Canada Post officials say the stamps are available in booklets of 10, with five of each design, or coils of 50 offering 25 of each design.
A two-stamp souvenir sheet is available for collectors, along with strips of four and 10 stamps from the coil.
An Official First Day Cover featuring both stamps is cancelled in Waterdown, Ontario.
The stamps were designed by Parcel Design of Toronto based on watercolours by Eunike Nugroho and printed by the