Do you suffer from allergies?
 
If so, and millions of us do, you don’t need the calendar to tell you spring has arrived.
 
Runny eyes and nose, headaches, hive-like itchy rashes, even asthma are the painful and annoying symptoms that occur during this most beautiful time of year.
 
Fortunately, we have medications that offer relief. It also helps to know what things you allergically react to so they can be avoided.
 
But sometimes we’re simply surprised. This week’s article highlights 9 plants that can set off an allergic reaction you might not have been aware of.
 
The good news is you don’t have to give up your garden and being surrounded by the beauty and balm to the spirit that flowers give us—surely one of nature’s gifts.
 
Just avoid those plants that are known to be common irritants.
 
Here they are:
 
1)  LOVE LIES BLEEDING
    A beautiful plant that is often seen in flower arrangements. However, their pollen can be a major irritant for hay fever.
 
2)  CASTOR BEAN
Contemporary Patio by Design for Conscious Living®
     Popular in tropical-like gardens, all parts of this plant are toxic.
 
    
3)  CHAMOMILE
Contemporary Landscape by Randy Thueme Design Inc. - Landscape Architecture
     Because chamomile is related to ragweed, the pollen is an allergen and the leaves and flowers can also be irritants.
 
4)  DAISIES
Tropical Landscape by Maria Hickey & Associates Landscapes
     Who knew the simple and beloved daisy could create allergy symptoms? Unfortunately, it, too, is related to ragweed. You could react to the pollen, leaves, flowers, and extracts derived from it.
 
 
5)  JASMINE
Traditional Landscape by Laara Copley-Smith Garden & Landscape Design
     The scent is divine, but beware of a sneezing fit due to its pollen
 
6)  JUNIPER
Contemporary Landscape by Jay Sifford Garden Design
     Often used as ground cover, the pollen can be an irritant, but the plant itself can cause hay fever and skin issues.
 
7)  RAGWEED
by Soils Alive
     Most of us think this is the main cause of allergies and we’d be right. It’s also so hearty that it grows almost everywhere in the U.S. Wouldn’t you know it?
 
8)  SUNFLOWER
Traditional Landscape by Missouri Botanical Garden
     Although this is more of a summer plant, this always cheery and happy-looking flower’s pollen and seeds can cause problems. It’s a cousin of chamomile. Look for pollenless or hypoallergenic sunflowers.
 
9)  WISTERIA
Mediterranean Porch by Arcadia Studio
     Who doesn’t love this beauty that drapes itself over patios or climbing up a trellis? Unfortunately, the pollen can trigger hay fever and even touching it can cause skin reactions.
 
There are so many beautiful and sweet-smelling plants that can serve as substitutes for the offenders just mentioned. Some examples would be: clematis, daylillies, goldenrod, rosemary, sweet peas, phlox, English lavender, woolly thyme, hibiscus, and chenille plant to name but a few.
 
Here’s to a happy spring full of flowers without dreaded allergies!
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping you create spaces that foster happiness and well-being
 
Photos via HOUZZ

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