Gerbera daisies are bright and cheerful flowers with an irresistible charm. Not only can these daisy-like flowers be found in a variety of sizes that grow up to seven inches wide, but they are also available in almost every natural color of the rainbow – except blue.
Symbolic of innocence, purity, and cheerfulness, a handful of Gerbera daisies create an instant centerpiece or bouquet, but they really shine when paired with other flowers for added texture, fragrance, and height – which is why they are the fifth the most popular cut flower behind only roses, carnations, chrysanthemums, and tulips.
But their unmistakable beauty isn’t the only reason for their popularity. Gerbera daisies are also one of the longest-lasting cut flowers and their year-round availability and affordable price makes them even more attractive. They also provide added health benefits by discharging oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide and other airborne toxins at night. In fact, some people place Gerberas next to their beds to enjoy better sleep.
For those of us intimidated by color theory, Gerbera daisies eliminate the guesswork! Their beautiful, large blooms crowd hundreds of petals onto each stem, creating a living color wheel of contrasting shades in unexpected combinations. From the classic mix of chocolate, cream, and pink, to the spring freshness of grass, blush, and ivory, or the dramatic impact of ebony, saffron, and crimson there’s a Gerbera Daisy for everyone.
Originally from South Africa where some native species still grow wild, Gerbera daisies were first discovered in 1880 by a Scotsman named Robert Jameson operating a gold mine in Transvaal.
Also known as African Daisies or Transvaal Daisies, these stunning flowers understandably captured the imagination of plant collectors and breeders who found ways to create the exciting colors and long, sturdy, cut flower stems we know today.
With as many meanings as there are colors, Gerbera daisies have become a way to express a range of emotions:
- Red expresses love
- Pink conveys admiration and gratitude
- Bright orange represents warmth and happiness
- Yellow denotes cheerfulness
- White symbolizes purity and innocence
When selecting Gerbera daisies, look for round heads and unblemished petals and make sure the stems are long and straight. To keep those stems standing tall, it’s important to keep them away from bright light because, like sunflowers, Gerbera daisies turn their heads towards the source of light.
Gerbera daisy stems also have a tendency to get blocked which can cause them to wilt prematurely. To prevent this from happening, be sure to change their water daily, or better yet, re-cut the stems under warm water to help the flower uptake water. They are also sensitive to fluoride so it might be a good idea to use bottled or filtered water if you tap water is fluorinated. Although it may sound complicated, a little care goes a long way so it isn’t unusual for Gerbera daisies to last up to 14 days in a vase.
Did You Know?
Despite their South African origin, Gerbera daisies were named after German botanist Trauggott Gerber, hence the reason for always capitalizing the name Gerbera – it’s a proper noun!
The Flower Loft of Lima is your source for gorgeous Gerbera daisies! Give us a call or check out some of our fantastic designs featuring the incredible Gerbera daisy. If you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for, we will be happy to design something special just for you.