2014 49¢ Painted
The Painted is one of five Ferns stamps issued in coils of 10,000 for business users. This was the first time large coils were issued as forever stamps. Coils with the same fern design were released in January 2014 with a 49¢ denomination.
The silvery, feather-like fronds of painted ferns are naturally found in shady wooded areas of Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. They often dapple the dark corners of landscaped areas as well, adding bright points to otherwise flat, green ground cover.
Americans commonly use ferns as landscape undergrowth to cover garden blemishes and bare spots as well as to block weed growth. Ferns are naturally durable plants and many varieties are deer and insect resistant as well, making them a favorite of landscape architects and novice gardeners alike.
As with many other fern species, painted fern varieties are hardy, low-maintenance shade-lovers, easily cultivated by the casual gardener. However, painted ferns offer more than just ground cover. Their multicolored foliage, presenting in shades of silver, red, purple, and green, supplies color to shady areas where blooms tend not to flourish. These ferns add light and texture to the landscape.
The diverse color scheme of painted ferns tends to deepen in cooler climates, making them especially desirable in the northern United States. Painted ferns are also a favorite for cross-pollination, with new varieties emerging all the time. Enthusiasts must be patient though, as the colors of these plants can take two to three years to fully emerge.
There are five species pictured on the fern stamps – autumn, Goldie’s wood, soft shield, Fortune’s holly, and painted ferns. Photographer Cindy Dyer captured the images at Green Spring Gardens in Lincolnia, Virginia, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. The white background on the stamps highlights the details of each fern.
49¢ Fern, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate
Issue Date: March 6, 2014
City: Kansas City, MO (no First Day of Issue ceremony)
Printed By: CCL Label Inc.
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 11 Vertical