Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Gerbera



English Name:


Common Name:

Gervera Daisy, African Daisy

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Asteraceae

Name in English: Aster, Sunflower Family

The Plant

Origin: South Africa

Growth Habit: erect, tender, perennial flowering plant.

Flower: large capitulum, several flowers are grouped together to give the appearance of a single flower

Blooming Period: spring -summer ( as an outdoor garden plant)

Leaf: basal rosette, petid, oblong-spatulate, deeply lobed


Decorative garden plant or cut flower or houseplant. grown as a perennial in certain zones ( 9-11) elsewhere annual.

Care and Handling

Soil: general potting

Amount of water: Keep soil moist but not wet during blooming. Out of bloom allow to dry out slightly

Nutrition: Fertilize often Every other week with water soluble fertilizer

Special handling: Partial to full sun. Remove dead flower heads Avoid overhead watering

Special feature/remarks:

Genus named for German botanist and naturalist. Traugett Gerbera. Thousands of cultivars exist.