Centaurium erythraea – useful and beautiful flower

July 16th, 2014

This issue includes wet-stick postage stamps, each containing 28 ct in a 10-sheet suitable for franking according to Info Post Standard. Size of the individual mark: 21.5 x 30.13 mm.

This stamp is part of the continuous series "Flowers".

The design has been developed by Stefan Klein & Olaf Neumann from Iserlohn.

The real centaury (Centaurium erythraea) is known for its acerbic taste as bitter herbs or Erdgalle. Who discovered the up to 40 cm high herb for Flowering from July to September, however, not allowed to access. All occurrences of the plant from the genus of gentian plants are protected.

About 30 species are known to grow wild, mostly in Europe, North America, North Africa and the western part of Asia. The five-petalled flowers look like little stars and are often pink, but there are also yellow or white flowers. The flowering period lasts about five days. The centaury has square stems and oval leaves. It's usually one or two years old.

The European centaury is used as a medical herb in many parts of Europe. The herb, mainly prepared as tea, is thought to possess medical properties beneficial for patients with gastric and liver diseases. It is also a powerful antioxidant.