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Plantidote of the Day 2011-06-27

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gerbera

Gerbera jamesonii

African or Transvaal Daisy

Natives of South Africa, gerberas are one of the most popular flowers in the world. Maybe that's because they're so cheerful looking. The big (5"- 6" diameter) blossoms look so innocent and happy, it's hard to look at one and not smile.

If you're in Zones 9a through 11, you're in gerbera-friendly territory. Elsewhere, they make good houseplants. They need some sun, good soil and regular fertilization. More growing and care information can be found here.

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