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I have some gerbera daisies a little over 2 weeks old (since cut). One of them seem to be growing tinier flowers in the center. Could someone explain what this is, and why it is happening? I am curious.

The other daisies do not seem to have similar things growing in the center. If needed, I can attach pictures of those as well.

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I think this is a pseudanthium where the flower head is comprised of hundreds of tiny flowers. This picture shows it better. The actual flowers are tiny, and are called florets, but the combined flower can be quite large as in sunflowers.

pseudoanthium in a gerbera daisy

  • How large could the florets grow to be? I don't expect mine to grow any more, since the flower is starting to die... but in theory? – onebree May 22 '16 at 21:58
  • Need to ask another question. – Graham Chiu May 22 '16 at 22:54
  • I am new to this site... But could you please add that information to your answer? IMO, it is related, since I am asking for the gerbera daisy. But if by the site's guidelines I should make a new question, I will – onebree May 22 '16 at 23:37
  • Since it's a theoretical question, I think it should be asked separately. – Graham Chiu May 23 '16 at 4:47
  • Thank you for explaining that. Now that I know it is a floret, I may research that part myself. – onebree May 23 '16 at 18:53
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According to this site, it is a composite bloom, with a few different types of florets on the same flower.

The center ones are called Disk Florets, which are the ones you are asking about. They contain the male stamens for the flower.

The slightly larger petals are called the Trans Florets and the largest ones are called the Ray Florets.

It appears the area in the center without any petals can vary in size, with either more "blank" space or less. I assume more Disk Florets just started to grow in, filling up the empty space.

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