Botanically referred to as "Gerbera jamesonii," the genus Gerbera is named after Traug Gerber, a German naturalist. The species "jamesonii" refers to the explorer who discovered them. One of the most popular cut flowers grown today, Gerbera daisies produce daisy-like flowers in a wide variety of colors. A true perennial in its native South Africa, Gerbera daisies are grown as annuals in much of the United States.
Gerbera daisies are sometimes referred to as "African daisies" because they were discovered in South Africa. The name is also used to differentiate them from the more common white-petaled, yellow-centered daisy native to Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Referring to the geographic region in which they were originally found, Gerbera daisies are sometimes referred to as "Transvaal daisies." It refers specifically to the region of South Africa that lies to the north of the Vaal River.
A variety of Gerbera daisy with narrower petals, Barberton also refers to a town in South Africa near which Gerbera daisies are found growing in the wild. This town is in the DeKaap Valley in a mountainous region east of Johannesburg.