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Allergies are irritating in the truest sense of the word. They transform what your serene outdoor space should be into a sneezing hell landscape. In the United States, there are approximately 19.2 million adults and 5.2 million children allergic rhinitis– better known as hay fever, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
But the good news is that there are flower options for just about everyone – even people with hay fever. The trick is to pick the right plants. Here are six hay fever friendly flowers to consider.
Flowers for people with hay fever
Of course, you also need to consider factors like your local environment and the weather, but here are a few flower options to get you started: with the kind permission of Interflora:
Snapdragons, also called antirrhinums, have tightly closed buds that reduce the release of pollen to a minimum. “These flowers are supposed to provide nectar for bumblebees, which are one of the few insects that can open the flower,” says so Interflora.
This popular summer flower with “large, luxurious, taffeta-like flower heads” is a good choice for people with hay fever because it is pollinated by insects rather than the wind.
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As it turns out, allergy sufferers can actually stop smelling the roses. Because roses only release small amounts of pollen into the air. Opt for the dense-bud varieties for even less pollen pollution.
Gladioli originated in South Africa and have flowers with thick and sticky pollen. This means that they are usually pollinated by bees instead of the pollen being carried by the wind.
According to Interflora, “Astrantia was first cultivated in Britain in the 16th century and has become a popular cottage garden that also grows in the wild.” They also tend to have less pollen.
Like many of the other flowers on the list, hydrangeas rely on bees for pollination – meaning their natural design keeps pollen from blowing in the wind (and then making us sneeze).