Gerbera’s strength lies in its colour. With their fresh, clear look and huge variety of colours, they will match with every other flower.
The Gerbera originates from exotic locations: South Africa, Asia, South America and Tasmania. The colourful flower was discovered by the botanist Gronovius, who lived in Leiden and who named the multifaceted plant after his colleague, Traugott Gerber. He was a doctor who collected plants in Russia. The Gerbera now comes in 600 different colours, shapes and sizes.
For any colour it is possible to think up a symbolic meaning which fits with a Gerbera in that colour.
White Gerberas were one of the flowers used for the decorations at the wedding of Dutch Crown-Prince Willem Alexander to Máxima in the Beurs van Berlage and the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam. A few years ago Scandinavians started handing out orange Gerberas on May 31st, ‘No Smoking Day’.
There they present Gerberas to someone who does not smoke on that day. This day has now become established internationally.