COLOURS AND SHAPES
When you think of gerberas, you think of colour! The gerbera’s basic colours are white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange and green. The flowers are also available bicoloured, multicoloured and in various colours derived from the basic colours. The flower’s beautiful heart can be black or green. In other words: there’s plenty of choice when it comes to colour. The shape is always cheerful: single and double flowered, pom-pom and spider shapes. Have you noticed that when a child draws a flower, it’s always in the shape of a gerbera?
Gerberas repuations as a flower associated with the birth of a child may come from the fact that we often find them cheerful. They come in all colours, they attract flowers and bees and they stand for innocence and purity. At their best in the spring, the season of renewal, this may be why we associate the flower with the birth of a baby.
The gerbera is an unscented flower which is part of the Asteraceae or Compositae family. It originates from South Africa, Asia, South America and Tasmania. Some 900 million gerberas a year are produced in the Netherlands with 600 different varieties of colour, shape and size. She’s one popular lady!