What Is The National Flower of Eritrea?

What Is The National Flower of Eritrea?

Gerbera Daisy is the national flower of Eritrea. The scientific name of the flower is Gerbera jamesonii. There are currently around 40 documented species of gerberas around the world. This is the fifth most popular flower in the world and these beautiful Gerbera daisies can mean innocence, purity, and cheerfulness. The large daisy variations come in a number of vibrant colors, and sending them is just the thing way to brighten someone’s day.

If you want a long lasting flower, gerbera would be the perfect choice – they are one of the longest lasting flowers when used as a cut flower in a vase. They are available almost all year and come in a range of colors that make them a great addition to any bouquet. Their easy affordability and availability in the country is the main reason as to why the gerbera daisies are the national flower of Eritrea.

Facts about Eritrea’s National Flower (Gerbera Daisy)

  • Common Name:  Gerbera Daisy
  • Genus:  Gerbera
  • Species:  jamesonii
  • Color:  White, Pink, Salmon, Lavender-purple, Red-purple, Purple-pink, Violet, Coral-pink, Amber orange, Bicolor.
  • Time of blooming: Fall to spring
  • Purpose:  Decorative flowers
  • Symbolism:  Innocence, purity, cheerfulness and positive emotions

The national flower of Eritrea, Gerbera Daisies are mainly grown for their beautiful flowers. These gorgeous pants can be grown both inside the home and outside in the garden. These flowers also have dazzling leaves and can look beautiful even when they are not in full bloom. The gerbera daisy is part of the species of the family (Asteraceae) that includes sunflowers and asters. The plant has large flower heads with rayed petals that tend to go around a central disk.

The disk is typically green or black in color and it actually consists of tiny flowers. Gerbera daisy flowers typically reach a little over one foot in height. Flower stems and leaves have a soft feel and appearance. This is due to the presence of numerous, tiny hairs. The petals themselves come in many different colors and this makes the plants very effervescent. Typical colors go from cream and other pale pastels to vibrant yellow, orange and red. There are also flowers that are bi-colored. Leaves of this plant form basal rosettes. The rosettes slowly spread from the base. The leaves are gently fuzzy and often toothed. The foliage is lobed or pinnate. Gerbera Daisies have very beautiful leaves that go great with their colorful blooms.

The Gerbera daisy, which is the national floral symbol of Eritrea, was discovered in 1884 near Barberton, South Africa, by Scotsman Robert Jameson. While the flower’s scientific name, Gerbera jamesonii, recollects the name of its founder, the meaning of its common name draws from German naturalist Traugott Gerber. Breeding programs that began in England in 1890 enhanced the flower’s quality and color variations. The Gerbera currently ranks as the fifth most popular flower in the world behind the rose, carnations, chrysanthemum, and tulip.

A great thing about these plants is that they can be grown both from seed or plant. The sheer multitude of available colors has helped the Gerbera daisy become a favorite choice for many different occasions from birthdays, get well, congratulations, thank you and many more.

There are many types of flowers which can help to express our thoughts and feelings for our loved ones, but the Gerbera daisy and its meaning stand out as one of the most distinctly bright and merry. Gerberas are available in rich reds, oranges, yellows peaches, creams and white and there a few distinct meanings too. The color meaning for orange is sunshine of life, Red means unconscious in love or fully immersed in love, White is a symbol of purity or innocence, childlike Pink represents admiration, and adoration or high esteem and Yellow gerbera is the symbol of cheerfulness.

Gerbera Daisies are among the most gorgeous houseplants you can grow in your home. They are famous for their bright colored flowers that can be so stunning and vivid that they can leave you speechless. It is therefore not surprising that they are the national flower of Eritrea.


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