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The Transvaal daisy, also known as gerbera jamesonii, or gerber daisy, grows natively in South Africa and comes in yellows, oranges, reds and pinks. Plant Transvaal daisies in temperate climates, as they are not very hearty, with advice from a... View Video Transcript
Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow the Gerbera daisy or the Transvaal daisy. It's a beautiful cut flower from South Africa. Now the Gerbera daisy or the Transvaal daisy, that's T R A N S V A A L, is found natively in the northern part of South Africa in the Transvaal area. And the first time it was discovered was in eighteen-eighty-nine and it was the first time it was actually described in the Curtis Botanical magazine, and they described it as a South African specie known as a Transvaal daisy, or the Barberton daisy, and it comes in yellows, oranges, reds and pinks, and now it's actually the fifth most used flower in the world next to roses, carnations, mums and tulips. And the name Gerbera is actually named in honor of the German naturalist Traugott Gerber, or Trow Hot Gerber, a friend of Carolus Linnaeus. He named most plants in the world. Because the Gerbera daisy is not very hearty, it can only go down to zones eight or nine, you can treat it as an annual if you live in a colder climate, or just start from the seed every spring and it's a beautiful that's a great cut flower.