The annual Hong Kong Flower Show will bloom next week at Victoria Park, featuring more than 60,000 pots of gerbera, which are related to sunflowers, as the theme flower. More than 100 varieties of the vibrant-coloured species will be on show with 350,000 other flowering plants of hundreds of types. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department, the organiser, says the gerbera is being showcased to highlight the theme of the event: 'Vibrant Blossoms for Beijing Olympics'. Fringe activities will include Olympic-themed flower decorations, floral art demonstrations, green talks and games. The show has attracted more than 200 organisations from the city, the mainland and overseas to take part in exhibiting different kinds of exotic flowers, plants, landscape designs and floral art displays. The department's Anita Wong Wai-king said about 500,000 visitors visited last year's show. This year most activities would be held outdoors - and she hoped good weather would attract more visitors. Ms Wong said the gerbera was chosen as the theme flower partly for its vibrant colours. Some rare varieties will be shown, such as one with tubular flowers in the centre surrounded by needle-like blooms. The gerbera, also known as gerber daisy, African daisy or Transvaal daisy, is a perennial plant indigenous to the Transvaal region of South Africa. Research has found the gerbera removes toxic gases from the air and is highly resistant to diseases and pests, making it ideal for the home. The show runs from next Friday to March 24.