white; shades of yellow, orange, pink, red
Form and Size:
The leafless stems of gerberas are sometimes hollow and are 24 – 36 inches long. The flat heads are about 2 – 3 inches in diameter and have thin, strap-shaped petals that surround an inner disk.
4 – 10 days
Cut under water and place in fresh water with flower food. Change vase water often.
History and Usage:
A member of the Compositae (aster) family, miniature gerberas originated in South Africa. Its botanical and popular name comes from Traugott Gerber, a German naturalist. Gerberas are very popular as the main attraction or in smaller mixed arrangements. They also are very beautiful in bridal bouquets because of the variety of colors available.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of the gerbera include sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum and aster. In the language of flowers the gerbera suggests purity.