Title : Definitive Postage Stamps
Stamp Serial#
1480 
KPC#
318 
MICHEL#
1504A 
StanGib#
1771 
Scott#
1486 
Date of Issue
03/20/1987 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
550 won 
Design
Dicentra specta-bilis 
Designer
Lee Hea-ok 
Image Area
19mm*22mm 
Perforation
13*12 
Sheet Composition
Sheet of 100(10*10) 
Paper
White Unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
In an attenpt to help the users choose from a wider variety of stamps, the Ministry of Communications issues the following 5 kinds of 550-won definitive postage stamps, all having a plant as the subject for design, to be used along with the 80-won stamps in currency.

1. Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart).
Growing in mountain valleys, and often planted in the yards of temples and rural houses, this cream-colored perennial plant stands erect to a height of 60cm and has tender divided stems> Its lavender flowers, which bloom May to June, are hanging on the ends of stems. Bleeding Heart has two petals and bears long, oval capsulated fruit.

2. Hanabusaya asiatica (Diamond Bluebell).
This perennial plant, which is confined to Korea, is found in the high mountains of the central and northern regions. The hairless plant grows to a height of about 70cm and stands erect, with 4 or 5 leaves hanging close together on the middle of the stem. Its light purple, bell-shaped flowers sprout from the end of the stem or from the branching shoots, blooming in August to September.

3. Erythronium japonicum.
This perennial plant, growing on fertile soil in the mountains, has a white stem about 6cm long and 1cm across. Its root goes 20 to 30cm down into the ground. It bears just one flower which faces downward and blooms April to May. It bears capsulated fruit which is oval or round.

4. Dianthus chinesis (Pink).
This perennial plant with a whitish green tint, grows anywhere in the fields of our country, stands to a height of 30cm, with its branching stems close together and bearing at their ends one or more flowers, which bloom June to August.

5. Chrysnathemum zawadskii ssp. coreanum.
This perennial plant, growing in the parts of Mt. Halla which are 1500m or more above sea level, is a kind of wild chrysanthemum with its crisscrossing leaves slimly dividing like a feather. Its flowers, 5 to 6cm wide and usually white, bloom September to October.