Gerbera Daisy

Gerbera daisies, also known as gerbera, have a dreamy air about them. Many a young girl has spent time plucking the flower's petals, chanting "Loves me, loves me not" in hopes of learning that her true love shares her heartfelt emotion. This romantic connotation makes them an ideal wedding flower or a sweet addition to any bouquet.

Gerbera daisies were discovered in South Africa in 1884. The scientific name of the flower is gerbera jamesonii, named partly for the man who discovered the flower, Robert Jameson. The other half of the name, and the moniker by which it is known, was given to the species in honor of Traugott Gerbera, a German naturalist and botanist. Gerbera daisies are also known as African daisies due to the fact that the plants are native to the continent.

There are more than two dozen different species of Gerber daisies. Gerber daisies come in an extensive variety of colors including vivid white with yellow, pink or black centers; bright or light pink; deep or pale yellow; red; orange and more. The brighter hues are a perfect choice to enhance a pick-me-up or get well bouquet. The wide assortment of color options makes the daisies a natural choice for brides looking for flowers that will match their wedding colors.

Gerbera daisies can grow from 6 to 18 inches high. The blossoms can be as tiny as 7 cm in diameter, or as large as 12 cm. Gerbera daisies sport multiple slender, oblong petals that grow tightly together in one to three layered rows. The daisies are appealing to bees, birds and butterflies, making them a garden favorite. They are a preferred staple for florists as well. Daisies are the fifth most frequently used cut flower worldwide, behind only--in order--roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips.