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Got Allergies? Avoid Growing These Plants!

If you have seasonal allergies, then you know that springtime means sneezing and itchy, watery eyes. However, you might not know what plants are causing your allergic reaction. That’s why we put together a list of the plants that most commonly cause problems. Avoid planting them in your garden (or your home) if you struggle with allergies.

Amaranth

Give it whatever fancy name you like, but amaranth is still basically pigweed. The tassel-like flowers produce lots of pollen.

Chamomile

Although it might be soothing in herbal tea, chamomile can be a major allergy trigger. Avoid this daisy-like flower if you are particularly sensitive.

Chrysanthemum

Better known as “mums,” these flowers are common throughout the summer and fall. There are a ton of varieties of mums, so be wary if you think you’re allergic to their pollen.

Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace is a fascinating flowering plant. The roots are edible and are sometimes known as wild carrot. Unfortunately, it also looks a lot like poisonous water hemlock. The clusters of white flowers also produce a lot of pollen.

Coneflower

Purple coneflower, or echinacia, is a wonderful plant for bees and birds to enjoy. It’s not so wonderful for some allergy sufferers, who may want to avoid planting coneflower.

Lilac

If you’ve been around lilacs, then you know the flowers have a very strong scent. Many people love the fragrance, but the pollen produced by this flowering shrub doesn’t always love people back.

Wisteria

Considered a weed by many gardeners, wisteria produces cascades of grape-like flower clusters in early spring. It also produces pollen that can irritate some people.

Cypress, Cedar and Juniper

These plants are all related–and they all produce particularly noxious pollen. Juniper will also take over your yard, if you let it, so that’s another reason to avoid the plant. Mountain cedar, which is commonly found in Texas and surrounding states, is especially bad for allergy sufferers.

Related: 6 Plants That Will Absolutely Take Over Your Garden

Most Trees

Bad news: The majority of seasonal pollen comes from trees, not flowers. If you live an area with a high pollen count–you know, the kind that coats every surface in yellow dust–then it’s like from one of these trees:

  • Birch
  • Elm
  • Cedar
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Pecan
  • Poplar
  • Walnut

While you might not want to cut down your beautiful old oak tree just because of seasonal allergies, it could at least help you understand why you feel so miserable every spring.

Summer Clayton

Summer Clayton

Summer Clayton has always loved getting her hands dirty. Ever since she was a kid playing in her grandparents’ garden, Summer wanted to learn everything she could about plants. Now she wants to help you grow a bigger, better, greener garden.

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