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Learn All About Gerbera/Gerber Daisies

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Gerbera is the name of a group of  flowers that are related to the cheery sunflower.  Commonly, many of these plants are referred to as Gerbera daisies, or Gerber daisies.  Gerber or Gerbera daisies like their sunflower cousins typically exhibit large, colorful blooms but in a wider variety of colors from the common yellow, red, or orange to the newer varieties of white, pink, and violet.

The Gerbera Daisy was discovered in South Africa near the town of Barberton in the late 1800′s by Scotsman Robert Jameson, hence it’s scientific name Gerbera Jamesonii.    The popularity of the flower soon spread to growers in the Netherlands and eventually Columbia, which is where the flower is primarily grown and distributed today.  The Gerbera daisy is currently considered amongst florists to be the fifth most popular flower in the world, behind the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip.

Gerber daisies typically derive their meaning from the common daisy, signifying purity, innocence and beauty.  Their bright, vivid colors and large blooms also add a strong element of cheerfulness and happiness, and are the official birth flower for the month of April.  Gerber daisies make great gifts for those that need some cheering up in their lives or simply to give a gift of beauty to a loved one.   Because of this, they are often seen at weddings, birthdays, and other celebratory events.  Gerber daisies are also easy to care for and grow, making them a popular choice for online flower purchasers who want to make sure that their flowers arrive fresh.