If you tend to avoid having flowers in your home due to the awful symptoms associated with a pollen allergy, you may be missing out unnecessarily. Cut flowers add beauty to your home and brighten up any room, and while some varieties are a definite no-no for those with allergies, there are several types of flowers that contain very little or no pollen and are considered hypoallergenic. Here are five types of cut flowers suitable for allergy sufferers:
Hydrangeas have beautiful ruffled petals and come in a range of colours including blue, purple, white and pink. Their pollen is so sticky that even a strong wind would not dislodge it, so allergy sufferers don't have to worry about breathing in airborne pollen with these flowers in their house.
Lilies have fragrant blooms that are reminiscent of summer and don't produce any pollen, so you can enjoy the scent of these beautiful flowers without worrying about flaring up seasonal allergies. They come in a range of colours, such as orange, red, white and pink, so you can match a bouquet of lilies to your décor.
Geraniums produce very little pollen, so they don't tend to cause the respiratory symptoms associated with pollen allergies, but those who are particularly sensitive may experience skin irritation if they touch the blooms. Geraniums have dainty petals and long green leaves and come in bold colours including violet, blue and pink.
Like hydrangeas, orchids have sticky pollen that tends to only dislodge when a pollinator pays a visit. Although orchids are often sold as potted plants, they are also available as cut flowers and make an elegant bouquet. Lavender, pink, orange, yellow and white orchids are commonly available and can be arranged into vibrant multicoloured bouquets to bring a burst of colour into your home.
Hibiscus flowers have flat petals and long, protruding stamens, which makes them stand out in any bouquet. Their pollen is too heavy to be airborne, so they are ideal if you want to display a bold arrangement in your home. They come in pink, white and orange and look vibrant when arranged with some greenery, such as myrtle or leatherleaf fern.
If you have a pollen allergy and usually avoid cut flowers, give these varieties a try. You may find you're able to enjoy some or all of them in your home without experiencing any negative effects. If you're unsure whether a type of flower you like is considered hypoallergenic, consult with your florist before ordering.