A new year is a time to move forward and create new goals and new habits, create new favorites and new opportunities. 1-800-Flowers welcomes new happiness and new beginnings with the 2020 Flower of the Year – The Gerbera Daisy. Daisies get their name from the Old English phrase “day’s eye” since the flower blossoms at the first sight of dawn. Daisies have added health benefits outside of being easy on the eyes – they are edible and have a high level of vitamin C. In the past they have been brewed into teas to relieve indigestion, coughs, and back pain.
With over 20,000 varieties, daisies are one of the most abundant flower types. The Gerbera Daisy specifically is the fifth most popular flower in the world and it’s not hard to see why. The Gerbera Daisy is actually two flowers in one! The flower head is a huge cluster of tiny flowers that is then surrounded by petals to create the daisy shape. Like the sunflower, Gerberas are also sun-trackers that turns toward the sun during its daily rotation. And if you’re born in April you’re in luck – the Gerbera Daisy is the birthday flower of April! The Gerbera Daisy is known to symbolize happiness and cheer – they were originally created to “brighten everyone’s day”. Coming in a variety of vibrant colors and meanings, this daisy is bound to be a staple this coming year.