For most, Spring is a beautiful season to look forward to each year. However, for some, Spring brings about coughing, sniffles and watery eyes, even more so than the preceding season – Winter. It begs the question, during Spring, can you give allergy sufferers flowers at all, or are they to be avoided at all costs? We’re happy to tell you that, with a little help from a thoughtful and skilled florist, floral bouquets can be presented to anyone during Spring – it all depends on what you choose.
Flowers That Are Hayfever Friendly
Many flowers have very little to no pollen, or they produce pollen, but the pollen is too heavy to sweep the airways of hay-fever sufferers. Believe it or not, there are many flowers available today that are ideal for those who suffer from a pollen allergy. Here are some allergy-friendly flowers safe for Spring.
Roses are one of the most popular flower species on the planet for good reason. Not only are they perennial, there’s a wide variety of colours and species available that are all classic and beautiful. Oh, and did we mention – roses are allergy friendly!
Choose tight bud varieties to even further minimise pollen exposure. We love these Apricot-Orange roses as an example.
Tulips are another lovely flower that, while not allergy free, is relatively harmless to all except the most severely affected. Scentless (which means they have less pollen) tulips are actually more likely to irritate the florist through contact to tulipalin, a skin irritating substance produced by tulips, than they are to affect the nasal passageways. So give your allergy suffering friends tulips, just be sure to wear gloves while handling!
Orchids produce no pollen and come in a variety of abundant colours. They’re one of the safest flowers for sensitive individuals. We recommend giving a moth orchid plant as a gift to any allergy sufferer. Not only are they one of the easiest plants to care for, they’re perfect for sensitive noses.
You may be wondering what lilies are doing on this list, however, if you remove the pollen-soaked stamen from these peaceful flowers, the bouquet becomes allergy free and they can be a perfect alternative for allergy sufferers. Alternatively, some flower growers now breed pollen-free lilies for allergy sufferers.
Want a recommendation on a Lucy’s bouquet that’s allergy friendly? Our Timeless bunch is made up of Tulips, Roses and Orchids – making it the ‘timeless’ choice for allergy sufferers.
Allergy Friendly Choices
- Ordinary sunflowers
- Dusty Miller