A Newfoundland symbol that predates Confederation, the pitcher plant (Sarracenia purpurpea) gets a lot of attention due to its carnivorous nature. But the resilience of this wetland species, and the beauty this coin so clearly displays, are the qualities that have made it an ideal emblem for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador since 1954. It is the tenth coin in the Floral Emblems series. The Mintage is limited to 4,000. HST/GST exempt.
The reverse design by Canadian artist Lisa Thomson-Khan features a colour portrait of the official floral emblem of Newfoundland and Labrador, the pitcher plant. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
Newfoundland and Labrador – Pitcher Plant:
The pitcher plant secretes a sweet substance to lure its insect prey. Tiny hairs trap the insects in the rainwater-filled tubular leaves and the insects (even flying ones) eventually drown. Enzymes and microorganisms then dissolve the prey to nourish the plant.