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Flower Trivia: Gerbera Daisies from The Internet’s Only Nationwide 24/7 Sameday Flower Delivery Service

May 22, 2007

Gerbera Daisy History/trivia


The gerbera daisy was discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson. While the flower’s scientific name, Gerbera jamesonii, named for Jameson,  of its founder, the meaning of its common name draws from German naturalist Traugott Gerber. Breeding programs that began in England in 1890 enhanced its quality and color variations.

The gerbera daisy’s popularity soon traveled to growers in Holland which, along with Columbia, is the primary distributor of the flower’s cut version in the 21st century. The gerbera currently ranks as the fifth most popular flower in the world behind the rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip.

The meanings of gerbera daisies stem from those attributed to the general daisy family. These meanings include innocence and purity, and daisies are also a classic symbol of beauty. However, the gerbera variety holds an added meaning of cheerfulness, which stems from the assortment of colors available.

An assorted bouquet of gerbera daisies can lift one’s mood or a table display can even enhance a party theme.

A bouquet mixed with tulips are often sent to cheer one up whether in the hospital or simply “feeling in the dumps”.

They are also perfect to say congratulations, for a birthday gift and a multitude of other celebratory occasions.

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