Suffering from allergies is no fun. When everyone else is enjoying the sweet scent of flowers or even the aroma of cut grass, you are stuck with a stuffy nose, perhaps a headache, body aches, and even watering eyes.
It’s bad enough that this happens when you head out into the open countryside. But, when your allergy is triggered by flowers in your home it’s time to take action.
The good news is that whether you are looking for small or large plants for your home, there are plenty of options to help you enjoy the flowers without triggering your allergies.
Flowers You Can Enjoy
You may be surprised at the sheer range of flowers that won’t trigger your allergies.
Of course, the following list isn’t exhaustive and some of these may still trigger your allergies. But, in general, you’ll find the following are acceptable:
And several more! It is also possible to get hypoallergenic sunflower seeds. The plants grow to be as high as six foot and they are available in an extensive array of colors.
Most impressive is the fact that the pollen is too heavy to fly around in the air, making it impossible to set your allergies off.
It is also worth noting that most trees are okay for your allergies and that you can still enjoy shrubs like boxwood, azalea, viburnum, and even hibiscus.
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Plants & Flowers to Avoid
Just as there are some great options above to add color to your home and garden, there are some that you should steer clear of.
These are known to trigger allergies in most people with allergic tendencies.
The worst flowers are chamomile, daisies, standard sunflowers, and amaranth. You should also avoid cypress, jasmine, and wisteria.
These vines look stunning but won’t be good for your allergies.
You probably already know that most grasses trigger allergies. The worst ones that should definitely be avoided are Bermuda, salt grass, timothy, and redtop.
But, in general, you should treat all grasses with caution.
How To Decide
Your sensitivity to the above will depend on how easily your allergies are triggered. Only you know the answer to that question.
However, while you are advised to stay away from the worst plants, you can experiment with all other flowers and plants.
It is best to try them at a friend’s house or garden. This will allow you to identify which ones cause your allergies to flare up and which seem to be okay; before you plant them at home.
You can’t try this at a garden center as there will be too many plants to identify which ones are causing you an issue!
Of course, there will be times when you have no control over the flowers in your presence. That’s when you should make sure you have a good allergy medication and use it.