HISTORY OF THE GERBERA FLOWER
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. Introduced to Britain in the nineteenth century, gerberas are a relatively new addition to the UK's floristry industry.
It's really only in the past thirty years or so that these flowers have been seen in florist shops. However, despite such a late start, the gerbera's beautiful simplicity and purity has captured the public's imagination and this humble flower is now a firm favourite in florist shops up and down the country.