5 Flowers that Cause Allergies
With the changing of the seasons, it brings bright blue skies, fresh grass, vibrant floral blooms, and plenty of new pollen. With pollen comes seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies cause many people to head back inside. Seasonal allergies can cause sniffles, sneezing, itching, and coughing from emerging pollen. Unfortunately, these symptoms can keep people from fully living their life, and this includes enjoying a fresh bouquet of flowers.
Fresh flowers are truly a sight to behold. They can be gifted to show your love or appreciation, displayed to celebrate a special occasion, or simply added to your home or office to brighten up the room. Luckily, not all flowers trigger allergies and with the right knowledge, you can find the perfect blooms that won’t trigger an allergic reaction. The flowers more prone to impact allergy sufferers are often part of the *Asteraceae* family. These flowers contain light, dusty pollen that’s easily carried by the wind.
Here are the top five flower varieties to avoid if you want to steer clear of triggering pollen allergies.
1. Baby’s Breath
Commonly used as a filler in flower arrangements, baby’s breath is also common in cottage gardens. Despite their small size, these tiny white flowers pack an allergy punch. If you want to add these beautiful little buds to your next floral arrangement, be sure to look for double flowers. Doubled-flowered baby’s breath is a hybridized variety, meaning it naturally makes less pollen. Double flowers also have more petals, which helps to trap some of the pollen as the wind tries to carry it away.
2. Dahlia flowers
As members of the aster family, dahlias create a great deal of pollen. However, some of the double-flowered hybrids classified as “formal doubles” have almost no pollen at all. Available in a lot of different colors, you can add hybridized red, pink, yellow, white, or purple dahlias to any bouquet or wreath to inject a little color into your space.
Who doesn’t love a prim and proper daisy? Unfortunately, these little delights may look tame but when it comes to pollen, they pack a punch! The good news is their pollen is primarily transferred by bees and not the wind. So, if you are eager to add daisies to your next bouquet, their pollen may not bother your allergies in small quantities.
Mums are well known for their ability to stretch allergy season well into fall. A hardy plant that comes in a wide range of colors, if you or your loved one is allergic to pollen, you might want to steer clear of these flowers. If they are a must-have for your fall decor, be sure to leave them outside and away from your windows.
Since sunflowers are not very fragrant, they are often overlooked when it comes to allergy-causing flowers. However, the very large size of a sunflower’s disk is a great indicator of the copious amounts of pollen a sunflower produces. Moreover, sunflower pollen is easily transferred through the wind. If you suffer from allergies and want to add sunflowers to your next arrangement, be sure to add pollen-free varieties, such as ‘Apricot Twist’ or ‘Joker,’ because their pollen is too heavy to be carried in the wind. If you can’t find these otherwise hypoallergenic sunflower varieties, consider an arrangement with just a pop of sunflower color.
Allergy-friendly arrangements from Darcey Flowers
If you are looking for premium hypoallergenic floral arrangements, Darcey Flowers can help. As the leading luxury flower shop in Dubai, we import the highest quality and varieties of unique fresh flowers from all over the world to create innovative arrangements to help you express your feelings of love, joy, passion, condolences, and so much more. From our allergy-friendly orchids and peonies to one of our many rose arrangements, we have a wide range of luxurious, allergy-friendly flowers for your next special occasion.
Contact a member of our team or browse our online catalog by occasion to learn more.