Gerbera Daisy Facts


The Gerbera daisy, otherwise known as Gerbera jamesonii, was discovered in 1878 by Robert Jameson. It is a member of the Aster/Daisy family, or Asteraceae/Compositae family.

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Gerbera daisies are bright colored blooms on stalks. They are "ray" flowers and can be single or double blooms. Flowers will get 2.5 inches to 4 inches wide and stems can reach a foot to a foot and a half in height. They have coarse leaves.


Gerbera daisies prefer full sun and deep well drained soils. Don't plant deep to avoid root rot. Fertilize for more blooms.


Gerbera daisies make nice cut flowers for arrangements and as potted plants. They come in a wide variety of bright colors such as orange, red, pink, yellow and white. Some are bicolored.


The Gerbera daisy is hardy in USDA hardiness zones of 9 to 11.


Propagate the Gerbera daisy by clump division. You can plant seeds also.


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