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Gerbera Daisy

The Gerbera daisy is known mainly in the U.S. as a potted annual, but Florida gardeners can plants these bright flowers as a perennial.

A native of South Africa, Gerbera daisies make attractive bedding plants and do well in containers. Their long-lasting flowers can measure up to seven inches across and come in brilliant shades of white, yellow, pink, and red.

The Gerbera grows in full or part sun, and will come back reliably if damaged by frost. They grow best in well-drained soils with plenty of organic matter. Purchase Gerbera daisies in small containers and plant them in the landscape immediately, being sure to leave the base of the plant an inch above the soil line. With proper care, your daisies will bloom throughout the warm months.

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