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Named for Traugott Gerber, German naturalist who travelled in Russia and died in 1743.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell.
Traditional medicine uses: Pounded leaf infusions of Gerbera ambigua are used in Zulu traditional medicine for tapeworm and stomach ache, whereas root infusions are taken orally for coughs. In Zimbabwe, root infusions are used for heart pain and abdominal pain in babies.
Gerbera viridifolia is widespread, particularly in the KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Swaziland regions. The species is found in grasslands, in stony soil, on mountain slopes and even in damp areas throughout the eastern regions of Africa. It species is common and widespread in areas of moderate to high rainfall. The smoke of G. viridifolia is inhaled by the Southern Sotho to treat head colds.
PlantzAfrica.com. South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa. (2016) http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantefg/gerbervirid.htm link
Gerbera cultivarFamily: ASTERACEAE
Distribution summary: Garden origin
Hardiness: H2 - Tender; cool or frost-free greenhouse
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Southern Hemisphere (K), Southern Hemisphere Wolfson bed (N)
Flowering months: June, July