You spot a stunning bouquet of blooms on your friend’s desk. You lean in, take a big whiff and—wham—sneezing, watery eyes, itching, runny nose. The world can be a cruel place sometimes, filled with ironic twists. How can someone who loves flowers be so tormented by them at the same time?
Yes, it can be tough being a flower enthusiast whose eyes burn at the very thought of a lovely bundle of blooms. It’s challenging enough navigating through day to day life when you suffer from allergies, but when allergy season rolls around and things start blooming it can be downright overwhelming—especially when you want to be around all that budding beauty.
Is it possible to be around flowers if you have seasonal allergies? You certainly can’t be as carefree as those pompous allergy-free folks, but you can, in fact, survive and even enjoy some natural beauty. Here are some tips for flower-loving allergy sufferers.
Low Flow (Yes, Your Nose) Flowers
As most hayfever sufferers know, pollen is the culprit behind flowers that cause allergies. As such, flowers that don’t release as much of the offender into the air are the best options to be around. You may be fooled by their sweet fragrance, but roses release low amounts of pollen into the air. If you’re particularly sensitive, look for varieties with tighter petals.
Yarrow is sunny and bright and makes a wonderful bouquet filler. Even better, this bloom goes a step further for allergy sufferers; it’s actually anti-allergenic, in that it stops the release of histamine. Yarrow is actually used by some to fight allergies. Snapdragons are not only beautiful, but they’re quite allergy friendly due to their tightly closed buds. They come in a range of color, and they add lovely shape and texture to bouquets. You just have to fight the urge to squeeze those adorable little dragon heads.
No matter how much you love flowers, there are some that you should definitely avoid if you’re an allergy sufferer. Plants that have dusty, light pollen that’s easily carried in a slight breeze are the worst. Some of the biggest offenders, as far as flowers that cause allergies go, are plants in the Aster family (including all kinds of daisies and chamomile). Their pollen triggers allergies in a lot of people.
Tiny buds of baby’s breath may seem innocent enough, but they’re actually not very allergy friendly. The striking dahlia is another perpetrator; if you have pollen issues, don’t be lured in by its beauty. Most people don’t associate sunflowers with allergies, but they should. These bold beauties pack a lot of pollen in their wide centers.
Hybrids Are Your Friends
We hear a lot of negative things about hybridization, but as far as flowers go, hybrids are some of the best options for those with allergies. As a general rule of thumb, the more hybridized a plant, the less pollen it carries. For instance, while regular baby’s breath carries a lot of pollen, the double flower hybrid version is lower in pollen and the extra petals help contain the pollen that is there.
The Bees Know
If you’re going to be around flowers, it’s best to be around the ones that are insect pollinated. During allergy season air pollinated plants have that light, powdery pollen that blows all around and aggravates seasonal allergies, while insect-pollinated flowers have heavier pollen that doesn’t tend to float around in the air. Telling the difference may be easier than you think—not surprisingly, insect-pollinated flowers are usually the showy, brightly colored ones (to lure in their insect helpers). Read more about the best flowers to attract bees.
Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or not, The Bouqs Co. has a wide range of stunning blooms to brighten your day. You’re sure to find the ones that will best suit your lifestyle. Even better, we work with only sustainable, eco-friendly farms and cut only what we sell, so there’s never any waste.Shop All