Gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii) is an important commercial flower crop grown throughout the world in a wide range of climatic conditions. It is ideal for beds, borders, pots and rock gardens. The flowers come in a wide range of colors and lend themselves beautifully to different floral arrangements. The cut blooms when placed in water remain fresh for a reasonable amount of time. Gerbera belongs to the family “Compositae”. Plants are stem less and tender perennial herbs, leave radical, petiole, lanceolate, deeply lobed, sometimes leathery, narrower at the base and wider at toe and are arranged in a rosette at the base.
The foliage in some species has a light under surface. The daisy-like flowers grow in a wide range of colors including yellow, orange, cream-white, pink, brick red, scarlet, maroon, terracotta and various other intermediate shades. The double cultivars sometimes have bicolor flowers, which are very attractive. The flower stalks are long, thin and leafless.