Meadow Flowers SI

Meadow Flowers

The series of the popular self-adhesive definitive stamps is continued with three meadow flowers.

Devil’s bit or devil’s bit scabious (value: CHF 0.85), lat. Succisa pratensis, was given its common name in English-speaking countries because of its stem which looks a little as though it has been bitten off. According to legend, this was the work of the devil. From July to September the plant grows violet-blue blossoms that are densely bunched to form a roundish flowerhead resembling a pincushion. Devil’s bit can be found particularly in moor-grasslands, as it prefers damp, alkaline, humus-rich soils.

The Umbelliferae include the great masterwort (value: CHF 1.00), lat. Astrantia major. The perennial herbaceous plant with an erect stem and few branches reaches a height of between 30 and 100 centimetres. The high, bare stem has only few leaves and branches out at the end with each branch carrying one umbel. The whitish blossoms are tiny and are crowded together in a dome-shaped flowerhead. The plant is frequently found in the Alps up to an altitude of 2000 metres above sea level. It relishes damp, calcareous clay soils, alpine pastures, mountain forests and tall forb communities.

Marguerites are popular ornamental plants. They are used as garden or tub plants and as cut flowers. The ox-eye daisy (value: CHF 1.30), lat. Leucanthemum vulgare, is an herbaceous perennial that reaches a height of 30 to 60 centimetres. Its angular stem is erect and largely unbranched. The showy flowers of the ox-eye daisy have a diameter of four to six centimetres and an unpleasant odour particularly when they are withering. The species grows mainly on low-nitrogen, sunny to semi-shaded, fresh to half-dry meadows and pastures.

Technical Details

Issue Date: 01.06.2015
Designer: Stefan Erne, Triesen
Printer: Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein
Process: Offset
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 32 x 38mm
Values: CHF 0.85, 1.00, 1.30