2022 58¢ Mountain Flora (coil)
Value: 58¢ 1-Ounce First-class Rate (Forever)
Issue Date: March 14, 2022
First Day City: Alpine, WY
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Coil of 3,000 OR Coil of 10,000
Quantity Printed: 12,000,000 OR 30,000,000
Wildflowers are some of the most special plants out there. You don't find them just anywhere, but when you do they always put on a stunning show. Mountain wildflowers are even more exceptional. In 2022, the United States Postal Service issued four Forever stamps picturing different species. These included the pasqueflower, wood lily, alpine buttercup, and Woods' rose.
Plants that grow in alpine (high mountain) conditions have adapted to the harsh climate there. This includes smaller size, slower growth, flexible stems, and more. Some species take 10 years or more to reach maturity and flower. That's a long time for a flower to be able to produce seeds and reproduce. For this reason, and because unknowing hikers often pick or trample them, many species of alpine wildflower are threatened or endangered today.
When on a hike in the mountains, spotting a flower is always exciting. It might be tempting to pick that flower, but it's better to elave it and snap a photo instead. You never know how long it took for that flower to grow. Disturbing it could have detrimental effects to not only that species, but the surrounding alpine habitat as well. "Leave no trace," is the mantra of seasoned hikers, and that philosophy will allow us to enjoy mountain wildflowers for generations to come.