The scientific name for the Gerbera daisy is Gerbera jamesonii. The namesake for the Gerbera daisy's scientific name is Robert Jameson, the Scotsman who discovered the plant.
Gerbera daisies are sometimes known as African daisies, as they are indigenous to South Africa. Gerbera daisies are herbaceous perennials. Their petals are typically red, yellow or orange. Horticulturists have also created pink, violet and white variations of the Gerbera daisy. Gerbera daisy blooms typically measure 3 to 5 inches, and they usually grow to be about 12 inches tall. They grow best in full sun to partial shade and require well-drained soil.