The Gerbera is a bit like a daisy and pronounced JUR-bra. It's an absolutely favourite amongst children because of their simple daisy like shape and its vibrant colours. Geberas come in every colour, and are available all year round, and their heads are as big as your palm. There's even a miniature variety called Germinis, which have smaller heads and are very popular amongst florists, as they are easier to manage for smaller flower arrangements.
The Gerberas was little-known 20 years ago, but now extremely popular and fashionable. Gerbera were first imported to Europe in the 19th century, and named after Traugott Gerber, a German doctor. They're infrequently called Transvaal Daisy or Barberton Daisy and originated from South Africa (Transvaal and Cape Province). Now there are over 200 varieties of gerbera and breeders have developed many variants from serrated or frilly petals to double flowers and extra wide petals.
Gerberas need warmth and bright light, and its also important that if they've been out of water - having been bought - to support their heads when replacing them in water. As the Gerbera takes up water, which ever position their head is in, that's where it will set.