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Best Worst Flowers for Allergy Sufferers

Best and Worst Flowers for Allergy Sufferers
Now that spring has begun all over the country, flowers are blooming, plants are growing and trees are shedding. As much as we love the look of flowers and plants, they can be damaging to our health and our ability to enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Allergies are extremely uncomfortable and cause nearly 50 million Americans to avoid the outdoors during this time of year. If you are someone who wants to keep the beauty of nature near your home, here is a list of the best and worst options.


Worst Flowers for Allergy Sufferers
• One of the worst options of flowers to have in your home is Daisies. There is a significant amount of pollen that becomes airborne and can cause such reactions as wheezing, itching, watery eyes. The symptoms vary between each person but each one is annoying and medication is usually needed to end the symptoms.
• Lilies are more dangerous for allergy sufferers because the pollen is thick and usually sheds from the flower as time goes by. Even though lilies are beautiful and come in multiple colors, they are one of the worse. Unless you remove the stem, which should be done by a non-allergy sufferer, you should avoid these in or around your home.
• There are trees, specifically fruit trees that cause allergy issues for many. The combination of orange, cherry and apple are the worst.
• Other trees that cause allergy issues are ash, birch, cedar, and those that are found in the mid-west and north-eastern part of the country.


Best Flowers for Allergy Sufferers 
The best flower options for allergy sufferers can be found regional, but there are some that also have been found all over the country.
•  Cactus, or cacti, are considered to be the best option since they do bloom actual petals, yet their blooms are beautiful and they make wonderful desert landscape.
 • Hydrangeas are very colorful and have a low pollen count. They can be found in the northern region of the country.
• Another option is tulips. They do not have a visible pollen stem and they can be found in most parts of the country.
• Periwinkle, a less known flower, comes smaller in size. They are bulbs, and don't shed pollen so they are a great option for either in the home or out in the garden.
• Perhaps the most beautiful and popular flower is the rose. There is very little pollen to spark an allergy attack and they are available in multiple colors and can be found all over the country.

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40 comments :

  1. i'm glad i don't have allergies when it comes to flowers.:p but i get headaches from dust and fumes. orange lilies are so pretty, too bad for allergy sufferers.

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    1. My sister and I were talking about how any flower can't be ugly. is that true you think? Allergy is common in my family.

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  2. Great information, and so good to know. I have mild allergy, and it doesn't bother me often! Beautiful flower shots, by the way!

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    1. I am not allergic to most things, that is a good thing and could be a bad thing sometimes. smiles.

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  3. I get really bad allergies every spring, and I live here in the desert with all of the cacti. I love to see them bloom, but they do make me sneeze;)

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    1. Hummm, and this article said otherwise for cacti. I guess it depends on the different individuals.

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  4. Really really love these! Indeed! The details and colors are perfect!
    Thank you for joining me and Floral Love :)

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    1. Thanks! Such beautiful flowers, but some can be deadly for people with allergies.

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  5. Great information! Beautiful pictures!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoy the write up, thanks for visiting and commenting.

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  6. Thanks for posting, we only have mild hayfever but its always good to know what could potentially start off our allergy. Tulips are really beautiful, our local store has some gorgeous bunches of light pink tulips and they look gorgeous.

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    1. I love light tulips too. I don't have allergies, but my sister does, and it seemed to be as miserable as a cold.

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  7. We found that lilies work for us if we cut off the pollen stems before bringing them inside. Great suggestions.

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    1. Thanks for the tip - I haven't tried that but will consider cutting off the pollen stem before giving the flowers away. Will the flower die early?

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  8. Hi! Beautiful captures. Many people are suffering from cedar pollen allergy in this season in our country. This allergy was called hay fever. But very different from hay fever.
    Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

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    1. We don't live close to cedar pollen thank god! Yes, you are right, hay fever is the more common term.

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  9. I sometimes have cedar pollen allergy and suffer with snivel. But this year I'm fine.
    Have a nice week!

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    1. That's interesting Sarah - my mother's allergy comes and goes like that too. You too, have a wonderful week.

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  10. Glad I'm not allergic to flower, they bring me such joy. My son is very allergic to Maple trees.

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    1. Maple tree allergies would be bad here. We have maple trees every two houses down in the neighborhood.

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  11. Great shots of the beautiful flower.

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    1. Thanks, these asiatic lilies are just so exotic aren't they?

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  12. What a great idea to post such a list. I don't have any allergies that I know of, but my two oldest are allergic not to the trees, but to the skins of the mangoes while they're hanging on the trees.

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    1. I am hoping that some will find the list helpful and interesting. Also know what flowers to stay away from.

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  13. The price we pay to be with the flowers we love!

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    1. True, I do think even if I have allergies, that I still will somehow find a way to enjoy my favorites. But then, I am speaking from someone who doesn't have any allergies. smiles.

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  14. wow, these are wonderful tips what to plant for allergy sufferers, i do have allergies, but somehow, i am managing okay with medication that allows me stay outdoors. those are great shots of blooms.

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    1. My son has allergies, but they come and go. Probably now not so much anymore as he gets older.

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  15. thanx for your lovely weekend flowers! :)

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    1. thanks for stopping by and enjoying the blooms.

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  16. Thank you for sharing this very interesting post on allergies and your lily was very pretty, love the color. The photo you asked about in my post, I think it is a Peacock Ornamental Cabbage.

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    1. Allergies are so frustrating that if I didn't know any better I wouldn't be a gardener.

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  17. Lilies are my favorite flower! I love your pictures!

    Cathy

    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

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  18. I just planted hydrangea yesterday not even knowing they are a non allergy flower. Good thing because I really love these flowers

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  19. This is good to know because man I'm miserable during the seasons!!
    But honestly I just love love love Spring! What a bargain eh. :)

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    1. Yes. it would be nice if there is no such things as allergies. (k)

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  20. Ooh and these photos are gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you. I have a gazillion flowers photos. I need to post soon.

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  21. Great info to know given I'm suffer from seasonal allergies. Thanks for the tips and the lovely photos to go with your informative post, my friend!

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    1. Allergies is miserable, thank goodness there are allergy medications.

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