Gerbera, also known as the African daisy, Transvaal daisy, or Hilton daisy. It is a flowering perennial plant related to the sunflower and attracts birds, bees and butterflies. It is also often used as an ornamental plant when deer are a problem, as they will not eat it.

Gerbera are native to South Africa and are also found in the wild in Madagascar and Asia. They grow on grasslands, rocky slopes, the veldt and in sandy soils. They thrive in full sun or partial shade in tropical, subtropical and temperate climates and are very tolerant of infertile soils but do not like temperatures below about 7 degrees C.

While Gerbera come in a variety of shapes, there are four main groups: single flowers with a row of non-overlapping petals and a green centre; double or duplex with a double row of overlapping petals with a green, black, or dark red eye; crested doubles containing two rows of overlapping petals with one or more inner rows of shorter petals with a green, black, or dark red eye and full crested doubles which have solid overlapping rows of petals with an inner row reducing in size and covering the eye entirely.