Gerberas are gorgeous flowers, and are great as decorative garden plants or as cut flowers. Gerberas belong to the daisy family and are available in various colors. The flower’s earliest origins are mainly South Africa where you will find some native flowers growing in the wild, Asia, South America and Tasmania.
In the Netherlands, nearly 900 millions gerberas are produced every year. Did you know that the Gerbera is regarded as a classic symbol of beauty? Here are some more interesting facts about the gerbera flower.
10 interesting facts about Gerberas
Gerbera gets it’s name from German botanist and medical doctor Traugott Gerber. Dutchman Jan Frederic Gronovius is responsible for christening the genus Gerbera after the physician back in the 1700s.
Gerberas are available in many different natural colors except for Blue. Any gerberas available in a shade of blue have been created artificially. Some of the colors include white, red, orange, yellow, pink, lilac, purple and bicolour.
Gerberas cutflowers are among the top most used flowers in arrangements and bouquets. The flower is fifth most popular after roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and tulips.
Gerberas cutflowers are known to last long in a vase; averaging upto 14 days.
Gerberas are not only beautiful but also have health benefits. At night, the flower discharges oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide and other toxins found in the air. This is why some people will place gerberas next to their beds to enjoy better sleep.
Gerberas come in different size with diameters varying from 7 cm to 12cm.
The gerbera flower formation is quite fascinating. At first glance, you would that it is one single flower head with numerous tiny petals. But the gerbera flower head is actually huge cluster of hundreds of tinier flowers.
Gerberas like sunflowers are classic sun-trackers. The flower turns towards the sun as it moves from East to West.
At present there are around forty documented species of gerberas around the world.
Gerberas are important in the field of scientific research and have been used in the study of flower formation. The flower has also developed a protection mechanism against fungal diseases.