2020 55¢ Platanthera Grandiflora (Greater Purple Fringed Orchid)
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: February 21, 2020
First Day City:
Coral Gables, FL
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Double-sided booklet of 20
Quantity Printed: 500,000,000
Orchids are some of nature's most beautiful creations. They come in a wide variety of colors and shapes, and, between the different species, they can handle almost every climate on Earth.
Some of the showiest orchids are the "butterfly" or "fringed" orchids. there are about 100 species included in this group together. These orchids feature multiple small flowers on the same plant, usually blooming from a single central spike-like stem. they are native to the non-tropical regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
Butterfly and fringed orchids can be found growing in a wide range of habitats. They grow strongly in basic soils all the way to very acidic swamps and bogs. Some prefer forest glens, while others thrive on the open tundra. Regardless, all species need moist soil and will not survive in dry or desert climates. Approximately 37 species are known to grow wild in North America north of Mexico. One of these species – Platanthera grandiflora – was honored on a US postage stamp in 2020.
Commonly called the "greater purple fringed" orchid, Platanthera grandiflora grows from Ontario south to northeast Georgia. It is known for its striking purple flowers, which stand out and make the entire surrounding area a sight to behold.