2014 49¢ Cyclamen
This stamp is part of a set of four winter flowers. Each stamp shows a close-up of the plant in full-blown.
Heart-shaped leaves laced with silvery patterns and swept-back petals that look like shooting stars make the cyclamen a traditional holiday gift.
Because it is a native of the eastern Mediterranean climate, it blooms in the cooler seasons of fall, winter, and spring before going dormant in hot, dry summers. During dormancy, the leaves turn yellow and the plant appears to be dead. In fact, it is storing energy for the next flowering season.
Stamp artist William Low photographed potted plants at the peak of their blooming as the models for these stamps. He then created digital paintings of the flowers.
Value: 49¢ First-class rate
Issued: February 14, 2014
City: Little Rock, AR, at the American Philatelic Society AmeriStamp Expo 2014
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Lithographed printed in sheets of 160 with 8 panes of 20 per sheet
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 11