7 Flowering Plants That Might Be Aggravating Your Allergies ...

By Heather

7 Flowering Plants That Might Be Aggravating Your Allergies ...

Whether you have pollen allergies, seasonal hay fever, or you just suffer from allergies in general, you are going to want to be sure you know about certain flowering plants that upset sensitive individuals. When spring arrives each year, everyone gets excited over all the gorgeous plants, full of life and bloom. Even if we don’t know a thing about them, we buy them with zest and zeal, just aching to enjoy their beauty all season long. In the meantime, with our abundance of new flowers to look at and care for, we also find ourselves sneezing away, sniffling about, and scratching our itchy eyes as a result. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, there are many plants that won’t upset your allergies at all, but certain flowering plants are known to cause issues for most people. Find out what those are so you don’t suffer this year out of excitement for a new season of beautiful flowers in your garden.

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Roses Let’s start with one of the most popular, yet most known flowering plants for causing allergies. Roses are everyone’s favorite it seems, but along with their beauty and wonderful scent, come a tremendous allergic reaction for many.


Roses are a beautiful and popular flower that can be found in gardens and homes around the world. Unfortunately, they can also be a source of allergies for some people. The pollen from roses can cause sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and even asthma attacks.

Roses produce a large amount of pollen, which is why they are one of the most common causes of allergies. The pollen is released into the air when the flowers are in bloom, and can travel for miles. This means that even if you don't have roses in your own garden, you can still be affected by the pollen from nearby plants.

When planting roses, it is important to choose varieties that are less likely to cause allergies. Some varieties, such as the hybrid tea rose, produce less pollen than others. It is also important to avoid planting roses in areas where there is a lot of wind, as this can increase the amount of pollen that is released into the air.

It is also important to take care of your roses properly in order to reduce the amount of pollen that is produced. Regular pruning and deadheading can help reduce the amount of pollen that is released, as can regular watering and fertilizing.



Gardenias Another lovely flowering plant that causes allergies for many people are gardenias. The beautiful, white, scented flowers smell so lovely. They’re also known to cause allergy issues for anyone sensitive to strong fragrances. Though they might make your garden smell fresh, avoid them if you’re sensitive to strong smells.


Gardenias are evergreen shrubs native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. They are popularly grown as ornamental plants in gardens, as they produce beautiful, fragrant, white flowers. However, gardenias are known to produce a strong scent that can cause allergic reactions in those who are sensitive to fragrances. Symptoms of gardenia allergies include sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and difficulty breathing. To avoid gardenia allergies, it is best to keep the plants away from areas of frequent human contact. Additionally, wearing a mask or avoiding the area altogether can help reduce the risk of experiencing an allergic reaction.


Mulberry Bush

Mulberry Bush This wonderful little berry bush also sprouts tiny little flowers. They’re usually found in the Eastern U.S. The mulberry has been known to cause hay fever, and can exacerbate allergies fairly quickly.



Chrysanthemum These used to be a favorite flower of mine, as they are of many people. These lovely, feminine flowers tend to cause reactions pretty quickly, so if you have any planted and can’t quit sniffing or sneezing, it might just be why.



Chamomile Chamomile flowers are one of my favorite flowers. I drink it as a tea, and love to use it in various ways. Luckily, I’m not allergic to it like many people are. It often triggers allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to pollen and hay fever. If you’re one of those individuals, keep in mind, this flower, even in the form of tea, might be the reason you’re suffering.

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Daisies The saying “fresh as a daisy” might sound nice, but it might also be contributing to your allergy symptoms. Daisies, due to their potent smell and allergic nature tend to irritate individuals who suffer from pollen allergies the most.



Sunflowers Sunflowers are another wonderful flower to look at, but also one of the worst for allergies. If you live near a sunflower field, or have any in your garden, keep in mind they might be causing your symptoms.

Most people aren’t as sensitive to flowers as they are trees and shrubs. Most trees and grasses are actually the culprit of allergies in the spring and fall. However, it’s always good to keep in mind a few flowers that cause allergy issues to arise as well. Flowers that don’t tend to cause issues for allergy sufferers are begonias,lilies, geraniums, pansies, periwinkles, tulips, verbenas, petunias, zinnias, all forms of cactus, daffodils, geraniums, impatiens, and the iris flower. There are other trees and shrubs that also won’t cause issues, so be sure to do your research before buying plants or shrubs this year. If you have allergies, do you know if any flowers upset your symptoms? Which ones?

Source: webmd.com

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I'm very much sensitive to most plants especially with thorny and hairy leaves like squash, eggplants and cogon. But although I avoid eating or touching them I still suffer allergies. Others say that pollens of some plants blown by the wind sometimes cause allergies. So I always consult a dermatologist when I have allergies. And it's really hard to follow the many don'ts.