Gerber daisies come back every year in tropical climates. They are considered perennials in USDA growing zones 9 to 11. They will also grow in zones 6 to 8, but will die at the first frost -- so in those areas, they are considered annuals.
Gerber daisies grow brightly colored flowers that could be white, pink, red or violet. The flowers reach a diameter between 2 and 4 inches. The stem length is between 12 and 18 inches.
The scientific name of gerber daisies is Gerbera jamesonii, named after a Scotsman named Robert Jameson who first discovered them in South Africa in 1880. They quickly became popular in the Netherlands and were brought to North America in the early 1920s. Many of the gerber daisies now sold in the United States were grown in Columbia.
The website Floridata recommends planting gerber daisies of a single color among other bedding plants of a complementary hue. If you live in an area that is too cold to grow gerber daisies outside, Ron Smith, a horticulturalist at North Dakota State University, recommends keeping them inside in dappled shade.
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