Cactus Flowers

10 stamps showing flowering cacti

Post Offices across the nation will soon be blooming with Cactus Flowers.

The organization’s newest stamps celebrate the beauty of cacti, flowering perennial succulents that are abundant in the Southwest and other parts of the world.

Most cacti grow very slowly and are tough, adaptable and low maintenance.

Cactus flowers are often large and flamboyant, with colors of white, red, pink, orange or yellow. Some flowers are also richly scented, and the nectar and colors attract pollinators such as bats, bees and birds.

The Cactus Flowers stamps, to be released Friday, Feb. 15, feature images of 10 cacti. The stamps will be available in booklets of 20, with each image featured twice.

Ethel Kessler, a USPS art director, designed the stamps using photographs taken by John P. Schaefer, a co-founder, along with Ansel Adams, of the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona.

The stamps will be available at Post Offices and