Sunday, September 12, 2010

Gerbera Daisies

Who doesn't love a Gerbera daisy?
It surely is one of the merriest flowers out there.
Gerbera's floral meaning is the same as those attributed to daisies in general,
which is innocence and purity. But the Gerbera itself is known as the Happy Flower.

The Gerbera daisy was discovered in 1884 in South Africa. The flower's scientific name Gerbera Jamesonii reflects the name of it's founder, a Scot named Robert Jameson; and the scientific name is thanks to German naturalist Traugott Gerber. Breeding programs in England in the late 1800's helped augment the quality and color variation.

Today, Columbia is the primary distributor of the cut version, helping the Gerb rank as the fifth most popular flower in the world behind the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum and tulip.

If you love a colorful bloom, look no further!
Gerbs come in a huge array of colors, from soft cream and bright white, yellow, orange, red,
a range of pinks from soft to hot and even deepest burgundy.
There are even new bi-colors, such as the pink and cream, (top).
Don't look for blue, though, as they aren't yet available in blues or purples.

Because of their leafless, straight stems and uniform head size,
they lend themselves nicely to 'globe' type arrangements.

A recent introduction is the 'Germini', an adorable miniature version of the Gerbera.
It's the perfect size for boutonnieres!

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