The gerbera daisy is a favorite garden or potted flower that makes a striking focal point in bouquets. Approximately 30 species of gerbera daisy exist in the wild, and they attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
The cheerful gerbera daisy comes in a variety of bright colors.
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The gerbera daisy is native to South Africa, Asia, Madagascar and South America, but successfully grows in many other countries as an annual flower in cool climates and a perennial in warm climates.
The vibrant flower head of the gerbera daisy is 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Its 10 to 12 inch tall stalks make it an excellent flower for borders and containers. The basal leaves are about 5 inches long, lobed and clefted.
The word "gerbera" originated in honor of Traugott Gerber, an early 18th-century German naturalist. Richard Lynch of Cambridge, England began cross-breeding the gerbera daisy in the late 19th century. Most contemporary varieties of gerbera daisy stem from Mr. Lynch's cross-breedings.
The gerbera daisy is hardy to 28 degrees Fahrenheit and enjoys full sun to partial shade. It thrives in well-drained, warm, rich soil and requires twice-weekly watering. Removal of expired flower heads promotes further blooms.
Certain pests and diseases plague the gerbera daisy, including aphids, spider mites, leaf miners, thrips, powdery mildew, verticillium wilt and leaf spot. Gardeners use a variety of commercial and natural methods to prevent damage by pests and diseases.
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