Real World Gardener Flowers and Allergies in Talking Flowers

September 13th, 2018


Flowers and Allergies

The reasons behind the allergies reports one of the main reasons certain plants and flowers effect people with allergies stems from the plant's gender.

Monoecious plants are ones that have separate male and female flowers living on the same plant, such as a corn plant.


Because the male and female flowers are separated, the males, which contain the pollen, must send the pollen through the air to fertilize the female flowers.


Pollen grains travel through the air in their thousands and even millions, which is why people who are sensitive to this pollen get hay fever.


Plants that are dioecious ( different house), that have either all male flowers only or all female flowers only also rely on wind travel to pollinate these flowers.


Allergy sufferers may want to instead look for what is referred to as "perfect flowers," or ones that contain both female and male parts, like the rose.

This is the best option as these flowers don't need to use air travel to pollinate.


However, some people are sensitive to the perfume of flowers, in which case, the roses is a no-no unless it has little perfume.


What to Avoid

  • Most plants in Asteraceae family and that includes Daisies, Gerberas, Sunflowers and Dahlias.
  • Hybrid Dahlias classed as “formal doubles” have virtually no pollen.
  • You can also buy Pollenless Sunflowers
  • Baby’s Breath-although double flower varieties have much less pollen
  • Love-Lies_bleeding: _Amaranthus caudatus. 
  • Alternative is Chenille plant ( Acalypha hispidia)
  • Jasmine species, try sweet peas instead although it’s an annual.
  • Wisteria species-try Clematis instead.


I'm talking with Mercedes Sarmini

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