10 Best Flowers for People With Allergies

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Give the gift of flowers safely by looking at this list of flowers that are also hypoallergenic. You can create the perfect bouquet for someone you love by being mindful of the pollen content of certain types of flowers. A hypoallergenic bouquet is great for flowers to decorate any home or business, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that you did your part to ensure that they are the best flowers for everyone. 

Flowers that are hypoallergenic are the perfect gift for any occasion. Be sure to make it a special one by choosing some of these allergy-friendly flowers. From all-time favorites to more exotic species, you'll find the right ones to create the right bouquet for people allergic to flower pollen.

What Flowers Are Best for Allergies? 

Airborne pollen causes reactions for people allergic to flowers. Low pollen flowers are one option, as they are less likely to cause a reaction. Sticky pollen varieties stay in the flowers and don't make people sneeze.  This list includes some of the best flowers that are good for allergies.

1. Hydrangeas

Available in a variety of gorgeous colors, hydrangeas are a low-pollen flower that makes them ideal for a hypoallergenic flower arrangement. Also known as hortensia, they are a popular choice for their versatility. As live plants, they rebloom in the spring and the summer, which makes them a favorite for many gardeners. The full, elegant blooms are soft and outstanding in any type of bouquet. They have sticky pollen, which means it won’t disperse in the air and cause allergic reactions. With iconic big, bushy blossoms, gifting a bouquet with hydrangeas will surely make any recipient smile!

2. Carnations

Carnations are a classic and a favorite flower for allergies. These flowers have multiple petals and don't have a pollen-heavy design, which makes them safe for allergy sufferers. They add an adorable texture to any bouquet, and you can choose virtually any color you desire. You can add any variety of carnations to a bouquet for a sweet-smelling, lightly scented floral arrangement. There's no center of these flowers, which in other varieties, is full of pollen and attracts bees. This means they are great for a hypoallergenic flower arrangement. Affordable and widely available, carnations are ideal additions to an allergy-friendly bouquet.

3. Sunflowers

Bright and cheerful, sunflowers are hypoallergenic and bred specifically for indoor flower bouquets. These beauties can light up a room and are an excellent choice for a focal flower as well as a complementary flower in a gorgeous bouquet. Pair vivid and colorful sunflowers with other warm hues or use neutral flowers to highlight their amazing shades. Sunflowers are in peak season in the summer and fall and are easy to find any time of year. They are the birth flowers for people born in August, but anyone can appreciate the joyous hypoallergenic sunflower blossom.

4. Peonies

Peonies are attractive and romantic flowers that symbolize good luck and fortune. Lucky for you, they are also hypoallergenic, so you can add them to a bouquet with the peace of mind that the recipient will stay in good health. In China, they're known as the "king of flowers," and they will surely crown any flower arrangement with beauty. Find them in various hues of white, pink, and red, and add them either as a centerpiece of a bouquet or with other gorgeous flowers for an amazing look.

5. Roses

The classic rose tops the list of many people’s favorite flowers, and fortunately, they are also allergy-friendly options. Varieties with low scents are more favorable for hypoallergenic bouquets. Find roses in many different colors to create a variety of moods and themes for any time of year or purpose. Roses are fitting for wedding bouquets, birthday gifts, graduation presents, sympathy flowers, or any other use you can imagine. Their pollen is very large, which means it's unlikely to become airborne.

6. Orchids

Orchids are exotic and tropical flowers guaranteed to impress anyone you are gifting them with. The orchid family consists of more than 25,000 species, and many of them are perfect for people who are hypersensitive to pollen. They're also allergy-friendly flowers because they're low in pollen. Experts classify orchids as some of the most hypoallergenic flowers available. Varieties such as the Paphiopedilum, Phalaenopsis, and Dendrobium are considered the best for people who have sensitivities to scents. Gifting a live orchid is an option that you may want to consider, while also adding orchids to an allergy-friendly bouquet.

7. Tulips

Tulips are a favorite flower all over the world for their sweet and cheerful blooms. When given as a gift, they symbolize purity and loyalty. They're also a suitable option for people who have allergies. Tulips are spring bulb flowers, but you can find them any time of year. Their low pollen count means they're safe to use in flower bouquets, as they'll cause no allergy symptoms. People born in April should know that tulips are their birth flowers. 

8. Daffodils

Daffodils or Jonquil (Narcissus sp.) are native to the Mediterranean countries of Spain and Portugal and cultivated all over the world. Similar to tulips, these spring bulb flowers have low pollen counts so you can use them as allergy-safe flowers. You can find these in white, yellow, or even peach colors. Many people associate daffodils with the first moments of spring, and they bring joy and vitality to a flower arrangement. They're also a birth flower for the month of March. Many people think of daffodils as good luck, and they have the bonus of being friendly for people with allergies.

9. Irises

The word "iris" derives from the Greek word for rainbow, and these brightly colored flowers are also allergy-friendly bouquet options. Vibrant and showy, irises have more than 200 species. They are a unique flower and add beauty to any bouquet. With a vibrant bud form, these attract admiration. Their purple and pink colors are one of a kind and simply gorgeous. The mythology of it means they represent a "bridge of heaven to Earth," and they bring lovely spring energy to a bouquet. They also are low in pollen, which makes them ideal for a floral arrangement for anyone who is sensitive to flowers. Irises also are a traditional gift for people born in February or as a 25th wedding anniversary gift.

10. Asiatic Lilies

Asiatic lilies are a species bred for people who are prone to allergies. Lilies traditionally represent beauty and peace, and you can use them in a variety of arrangements. Species that aren't fragrant are the best to use in allergy-friendly bouquets. Lilies are available in a variety of colors, from white to convey innocence, to pink for romantic love. People traditionally gift lilies for Easter or as 30th wedding anniversary presents.

Country Greenery has many sustainable, farm-fresh, pick-and-pack flowers. Our florists are experts and are happy to create a hypoallergenic bouquet for you.

While allergy-sensitive people adore the look of flowers, they may be challenged to spend time around them because of potential allergic reactions. We are all more health conscious these days, and it extends to every area of life, including our beautiful floral bouquets.

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  • Glynis Fawcett

    Lilies are extremely toxic plants for cats and dogs but I was wondering if the pollen free ones are safe? Is there a total lack of pollen on the plant?
    Thank you.

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