Gerbera daisies were discovered in 1884 by botanist Robert Jameson near Barberton, South Africa. Jameson began a gold mining company in Barberton. While exploring the area, he observed unknown flowers growing near a mine site. He took samples and in 1888, the Botanical Garden at Kew, England named them Gerbera jamesonii. The flower’s scientific name comes from the Scotsman, however the common name is derived from the German naturalist Traugott Gerber who began a breeding program in 1890’s England that enhanced the flower’s quality and color variety. Gerbera daisies are also called the Transvaal Daisy or the Barberton Daisy. Gerbera daisy popularity soon expanded around the world. The Netherlands and Columbia are currently the primary distributors of cut Gerbera daisies. These simple yet beautiful flowers are ranked as the fifth most popular after roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, and tulips.
Gerbera’s come in many colors including white, yellow, red, pink, orange, and scarlet. Their heads usually range from 1.75 to 5 inches in diameter. Most gerberas contain one row of non-overlapping petals. Gerberas are great as decorative potted plants as well as cut flowers. Gerberas signify innocence, purity and classic beauty. They are a perfect mixture of simplicity and vibrancy.