Best and Worst Flowers for Allergies

Just because someone suffers from allergies, doesn’t mean they have to miss out on the thrill of receiving beautiful bouquets.

If you’re in this predicament, because you want to buy flowers, but don’t know the safe ones to get, these tips should help clear up confusion and the sniffles in no time.

Let’s start with the best flowers for allergies:

  • Orchids – These are long and eloquent, without excessive amounts of pollen.
  • Roses –  The beautiful, soft petals come without the center that’s most dreaded – pollen.
  • Pollen-free Lilies – Yes, these exist. Horticulturists cultivate special breeds that are usually available at your local florist.
  • Carnations –  Once again, these come without the center that attracts bees.

Other flowers that are friendly for folks with allergies include Irises, Dahlias and Begonias. Now, on to the worst flowers for allergies. Do avoid:

  • Jasmine – due to the heavy scent. Some individuals really like this scent, while others will be sent on an incessant bout of sneezes.
  • Dusty Miller – as the name implies, the dusts of pollen can become overbearing.
  • Sunflowers – The comparatively large center, as opposed to more miniature flowers above, is laden with pollens. Keep sunflowers away from allergen sufferers – at all cost.

The Lily, A Yes and No:

Lilies are dubbed the worst for allergy sufferers. Alternately, removing the pollen from the bulb or getting pollen-free varieties (listed above), can be easily used for those with history of hay fever and other types of allergies.

Flowers that are strongly fragrant, or that carry too much pollen are sure signs they might be bad for those with allergies. Even if you’re not necessarily prone to allergies, but are hosting events like a wedding or party, it’s best to buy flowers that are in the safe zone for guests who may have these allergies.

Ask your local florist for pollen-free flowers, or recommendations for the best kinds for hypersensitivity. Allergy-friendly flowers are plentiful. You just have to put in a little research to find them.

 

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I'm the Community Manager at BloomNation. I love reading, decorating, and antique flea markets. My favorite flowers are the ranunculus and the magnolia. Personal hero: Kristen Wiig!

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