Hay Fever Sufferer’s Guide to Flowers

Hay fever is one of the most common allergies. It occurs when your body overreacts to allergens such as pollen, and produces symptoms such as itchy eyes and runny noses. A few ways to prevent symptoms include avoiding exposure to pollen and taking antihistamines.

Although all flowers have pollen, not all of them spread their pollen far and wide. Some pollinate with the help of bees, some have large pollen that doesn’t spread far, some produce very little pollen. Knowing the types of flowers that produces little pollen means those with hay fever can also enjoy flowers.

Insect-pollinated flowers

Insect pollinated flowers tend to have sticky pollen that don’t float into the air. These include:

  • Hydrangea
  • Orchids
  • Carnations
  • Primrose
  • Peonies
  • Pansies

Flowers with little pollen

English roses of all sizes and colors release little pollen into the air. Those without severe hay fever reactions can enjoy roses.

Lilies are also great. You can make them pollen free by cutting off the stamen before bringing them in the house. The pollen can stain so be sure to wear gloves when you cut them.

A lot of spring bulbs have little pollen. These includes:

  • Crocuses
  • Daffodils
  • Hyacinth
  • Tulips

Now that you know which flowers are allergy-friendly, you can liven up your home with some fresh picks.


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