Gerbera is a genus of about 40 species of flowering plants in the daisy family (Asteraceae), native to tropical Asia and Africa.
These perennials bear a large capitulum with ray florets in various colors. The flower head is actually huge cluster of hundreds of tinier flowers making the flower head we used to know. Gerberas are beautiful indoor plants and one of the most popular cut flowers. Their large size and bright colors make them extremely attractive.
The genus name was given in honor of German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber (1710-1743).
Gerberas symbolize innocence, purity, cheerfulness and beauty.
Interesting facts about Gerbera:
Benefits and Uses
Gerbera is commercially grown throughout the world in a wide range of climatic conditions.
They are among the top most used flowers. Actually, Gerbera flowers are the fifth most used flower in cut arrangements and bouquets, after Roses, Carnations, Chrysanthemums and Tulips.
Gerberas are one of the longest lasting flowers when used as a cut flower in a vase, averaging up to 14 days.
Gerberas have also health benefits. At night they continue to release a continuous stream of fresh oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide and other toxins found in the air. This is why some people place Gerberas next to their beds during sleep.
These flowers come in many different colors, except for blue.
Spring, Autumn, Summer
The species are 20 to 45 cm (8-18 inches) tall. The flower heads vary from 7 to 12 centimeters (3 to 5 inches) in diameter.
Gerberas prefer rich and well drained soil, with lots of added organic matter. They grow best in a slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.5 - 6.5.