The Gerbera has different meanings to different cultures. The Egyptians believed that they symbolised a closeness to nature and a devotion to the sun, whereas the Celts thought they lessened the sorrows and stresses of everyday life.
Although the gerbera appears to be a thoroughly modern flower, it was actually named in 1737 after Traugott Gerber, a German doctor and keen botanist. The flower itself originates from South Africa, Asia, South America and Tasmania.
A FEW FACTS ABOUT GERBERAS
Here’s a few things you probably didn’t know about Gerberas:
- Gerberas are the fifth most popular flower in the world.
- They are part of the Asteraceae family.
- They are available all year round making them a great option for wedding flowers.
- Over 900 million gerberas are produced in the Netherlands each year in 600 different colours, shapes and sizes – not bad for a country famous for tulips!
- Gerberas originally come from South Africa.
- Like sunflowers, gerberas turn towards the sun.