While many of us spend the year looking forward to the beautiful blooms of summer and frolicking through meadows and maybe running through a field of wheat or two, people with hay fever and other allergies may be filled with more dread than joy.
This doesn’t mean you need to miss out on pretty bouquets and fragrant floral aromas though. Floral gift company Flowercard helped us find out the best flowers for allergy and hay fever sufferers.
Thankfully roses are great all-rounders. Pretty to look at, they smell beautiful and they only release a small amount pollen into the air.
If roses still bother your allergies, try tight-budded varieties which release even less pollen.
2. Asiatic Lilies
This tip applies to one specific type of lilies for a reason: they are pollen-free.
Other lilies can have too overpowering a fragrance for allergy sufferers but Asiatic lilies are a great alternative.
3. Hypoallergenic sunflowers
Try a hypoallergenic variety of sunflower such as infrared mix, joker and pro-cut bicolor.
Plants with large flowers tend to produce the least pollen as it is heavy and needs to be moved from plant to plant by insects rather than being transported by the wind.
Thankfully, allergy sufferers don’t need to ditch Instagram’s favourite flower any time soon.
Rather than having pollen that is light enough to float through the air, these kinds of flowers have thick and sticky pollen so there is less risk of any getting into your eyes or nose and causing hay fever symptoms.
Other flowers in this group include orchids, hydrangeas, carnations, primroses and pansies.
What are your favourite allergy-friendly flowers? Let us know in the Comments section below.