Giving a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers to someone who suffers from hay fever might sounds like a cruel trick to play but actually not all flowers will cause an allergic reaction. Hay fever isn’t an allergy to flowers. It’s an allergy to the pollen that some flowering plants produce. That’s why most people only have problems in spring and early summer when there are a lot of pollen-producing flowers around.
Some flowers produce a great deal of pollen and are terrible for anyone who gets hay fever. Others produce very little at all and can safely be given to almost anyone. Pick your blooms carefully and the mother, sister, or lover who suffers from a pollen allergy doesn’t have to miss out on the pleasure of receiving cut flowers. In fact, the gift will be all the more special because you took the time to do your research and select sneeze-free varieties.
First, the most serious offenders. Avoid daisies and gerberas, daffodils, and the tiny fluffy balls of Australia’s golden wattle, which is sometimes used to accompany larger blooms. Tulips and most other bulbs are lesser culprits but many should still be avoided. In general, any flower with a strong scent will produce a lot of pollen (that’s usually what you’re smelling) and can cause an allergic reaction. Roses may either be unscented or heavily scented, and may or may not cause a reaction. If in doubt, leave them out.
Carnations are amongst the best choices for a loved one with hay fever. They have a very light scent and precious little pollen. Even the most severe sufferer is unlikely to have a problem with them, and they come in almost any color you can think of. There are even split-color varieties available. Those with a green thumb can have a go at growing new plants from cuttings, too.
Orchids are another excellent option for a person who suffers from pollen allergies. They can be given as single cut flowers or in arrangements, or in a pot as living plants. Either way, almost anyone can enjoy them without fear of red noses and runny eyes. While they’re not usually the cheapest option orchids do look sophisticated and they’re very spectacular as single blooms on a long stem. Of all cut flower varieties, an orchid is probably the safest thing to give someone with hay fever.
Other good low-pollen flowers include irises, crocus, azaleas, and double chrysanthemums. Calla lilies, arum lilies and hydrangeas are usually fine. If you’re unsure about a particular arrangement or not 100% confident that you could tell a peony from a pansy, ask your local florist what’s in each bunch. They should be able to recommend the perfect bouquet.
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