The gerbera daisy has handsome sparkling flowers, which in its natural state are yellow, red, or orange. However, commercial growers have also produced pink, white, salmon, cream, and crimson flowers. It has somewhat leathery leaves and sends up sturdy stems that hold its flowers. This South African perennial was named after Traugott Gerber, an 18th century German physician and naturalist. It provides summer-long color in gardens and a wealth of long-lasting cut flowers. If brought indoors in the autumn and kept on a cool window sill, it will continue to bloom all winter.
Family: Compositae (composite)
Origin: Southern Africa
Care: Keep the soil evenly moist, not soggy. Feed regularly during its growing season with a complete fertilizer.
Lighting: Full sun
Ideal Temperature: 45-65°F (7-18°C)
Challenges: Aphids and spider mite infestations may occur when the air is too warm and dry. Susceptible to root rot from overwatering.