Gerbera Daisies – A personal favourite!


The Gerbera Daisy symbolizes innocence and purity and conveys cheerfulness!

Legend says that the Gerbera Daisy originated from a nymph who transformed herself into a charming but unassuming wildflower to escape unwanted attention.

These awesome flowers are a genus of ornamental plant from the Sunflowers, Daisies and Aster’s family “Asteraceae”.  A native from Transvaal, South Africa, where it grows in full sun.   It was named in honor of the German naturalist Traugott Gerber in 1743.

The Gerbera Daisy has large colorful blooms, which has helped it become the most prized Daisy variety.

Gerberas come in a wide range of colors, bicolor and tricolors… almost every color except blue.  They often measure 17-18cm across and can be colored light to dark yellow, orange, pink, brilliant scarlet and deep red.  Some clones have flowers with brown or dark centers (eyes).  Flower forms can be divided into five distinct groups:

1.    Single: singles have a row of petals (ray florets) which do not overlap with a green center (disc florets). These are the most common Gerberas on the market.

2.    Double or duplex: these have a double row of overlapping petals with a green, black, or dark red-eye.

3.    Crested doubles:  contain two rows of overlapping petals with one or more inner rows of shorter petals with a green, black, or dark red-eye.

4.    Full crested double: these have solid overlapping rows of petals with an inner row diminishing in size, covering the eye entirely.

5.    Quilled full crested doubles: this type possesses solid overlapping rows of split petals with a fine textured appearance.

A Gerbera Daisy is perfect for any occasion as it is cheerful and playful. With its bold colors and regal bearing, the Gerbera Daisy is the favorite among Daisies.

About Lesley Lowry

I love flowers! I enjoy growing them, learning about them and I love creating bouquets of freshly cut flowers. In our climate where it's winter most of the time, the growing season is way too short, so I have started this blog to get my fix all winter! I encourage you to post regularly on this blog, especially if you're lucky enough to live in a warm climate and can grow flowers all year long. I intend to post a lot of interesting facts and fun stuff about flowers, as well as info on many varieties of flowers.
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