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Gerbera jamesonii

 
Common name gerbera daisy; Transvaal daisy
Family asteraceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-10)
Flowers various colors
Size 16"
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

Cheerful bedding plant, a favorite of grocery store florist departments because it looks so cute and vibrant in a pot. Large flowers rise on stems well above the foliage. As one of its common names suggests, it hails from South Africa, as do many other tender daisies. We've grown various cultivars through the years, usually ones we planted in the garden after receiving them as a gift – most recently, Amy got a red-flowering one in the Revolution series from a graduating third-grader in her class, so it's now providing an excellent counterpoint to the bright yellow of some marguerite daisies in our back-fence border. They may be perennial, but even when they survive winter they don't return to their first-year vigor. I'm still waiting for a yellow-flowered one from last year to put on any new growth since it pushed up some leaves in early spring.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: houston back yard

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