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Products > Gerbera 'Orange'
 
Gerbera 'Orange' - Orange Drakensberg Daisy

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Orange
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Parentage: (Gerbera jamesonii x G. ambiqua)
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Gerbera 'Orange' (Orange Drakensberg Daisy) - A perennial (evergreen in our mediterranean climate) with dark-green mounds of foliage that has a gray-white pubescence. From spring through fall arise the 12 to 18 inch tall spikes of long ray-flowered pale-yellow orange heads that look to be the classic Gerbera flower but are slightly smaller than the florist varieties. Plant in full sun to light shade and give regular to occasional irrigation. This plant is more pest free and tougher than the Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii); it is hardy to USDA zone 7 and evergreen and nearly everblooming in our coastal California gardens. These plants are part of a new Drakensberg Daisy series that was bred to perform as long-lived landscape plants in full sun. There is not much information on this series available but one thought is that these hybrids involve the typical Gerbera or Barberton Daisy, Gerbera jamesonii and Gerbera ambiqua, a species from moderate to high elevations (below 8,200 feet) in the Drakensberg Mountains in the eastern part of Southern Africa. Gerbera ambiqua is also noted for having pubescent undersides of the leaves, which the Drakensberg Daisy series also has.  This information is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of it in our nursery of crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we have visited. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Gerbera 'Orange'.