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Flowering plants that are best for allergy sufferers
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There are many people out there who would like to decorate their home with beautiful flowering plants but their allergies get in the way. If you have particularly sensitive allergies and you are looking for plants that will improve your home without making you feel dreadful, here are some of the top suggestions.

Azaleas

One interesting fact about azaleas that people don’t know is that these flowering plants depend on insects for pollination. This means that they have heavier pollen that is rarely released into the air. Just take care not to try to smell these flowers since all parts of the plant are poisonous – this includes the pollen.

Begonias

Whether you want to grow these flowering plants in your home or garden, it’s good to know that they do not shed much pollen at all. They are beautiful, colourful and you don’t have to worry about your allergies flaring up.

Cacti

When people think of flowering plants, they don’t immediately imagine cacti. While there are a number of cacti that do not produce flowers, a large variety of them do. Cacti that produce flowers are known for having some of the most spectacular and bright blooms of all. These plants also rely on insects and birds for pollination so you don’t have to worry about pollen floating around in the air.

Hydrangeas

What many people do not know is that there are several different types of hydrangeas. These flowering plants can produce different colour blooms depending on the pH of the soil. It is also interesting to note that most types of hydrangeas will not affect your allergies but there are certain varieties that you should avoid. These include the Oak Leaf and Pee Gee Hydrangea.

Irises

When you look at the shape of these flowers, it becomes quite obvious that pollen cannot simply escape and float around. Bumblebees are particularly drawn to these blooms and, while they enjoy the delicious nectar, the pollen sticks to them and this is how it is transported to the next flower.

Lilies

This might not be the first flowering plant that you think of when searching for one that won’t make you sneeze. However, while lilies do produce a fair amount of pollen, this pollen can be removed. Always remove pollen with care and protect your surface with newspaper or paper towels. The yellow pollen can stain surfaces, textiles and your fingers.

Orchids

Arguably one of the most elegant and sensational plants of all, the orchid is excellent for those with allergies. Only those with extreme sensitivities will experience allergy symptoms with this plant in the home. For most, it is perfectly safe.

These are a few of the best flowering plants that you can display in your home without worrying about sneezing, puffy red eyes and all those unpleasant allergy symptoms. If you know of somebody who suffers from pollen allergies, keep this list in mind when shopping for plants that they can really enjoy.

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