Your Guide to Hypoallergenic Flowers
28 Sep 2022
By Michael Jacobson
Looking to give flowers as a gift but conscious of agitating the recipient's allergies? Or perhaps you’re planning a wedding and want to make sure none of the guests interrupt the speeches with an extra loud bout of sneezes?
The good news is that there are plenty of hypoallergenic flowers available, so you can still enjoy the beauty and brightness that flowers bring while being mindful of allergies.
What is a Flower Allergy and What are the Symptoms?
A flower allergy is usually the result of someone being allergic to the pollen that flowers produce - this is also known as hay fever. It is caused by the immune system incorrectly identifying pollen as a threat, which produces an unpleasant bodily reaction, with symptoms that include:
- A runny or blocked nose
- Coughing and/or sneezing
- Sore, itchy, or watery eyes
- A sore throat
- A headache
- A loss of taste or smell
In 2018, 24 million people in the US were diagnosed with hay fever, which is approximately 8% of adults. This means that if you’re hosting a wedding or similar event, there may be many guests who will appreciate hypoallergenic flowers.
What are Hypoallergenic Flowers?
Flowers that are hypoallergenic produce a smaller amount of pollen than other flowers. This means that the pollen is less likely to become airborne, and therefore not agitate someone who suffers from an allergy.
But, what are some of the best flowers for people with allergies? Below is a selection of low pollen flowers that are suitable for a variety of occasions.
Hypoallergenic Flowers for Weddings
Weddings are grand and special occasions that don’t come around too often, which is why when they do, they really are something to celebrate. And such a special occasion requires special flowers. Wedding flowers represent celebration and love, which means big, bold blooms are commonly used.
Roses are synonymous with love, and because they’re low in pollen they’re also the perfect hypoallergenic choice. Roses are available in a wide variety of colors, so there should always be a rose to suit the color scheme of your wedding. While they’re most prominent during the summer months, roses also make for fantastic fall wedding flowers.
Because the pollen produced by hydrangeas is sticky, it struggles to become airborne, which means unless guests with allergies are up close with the flowers the pollen isn’t likely to cause an issue. Hydrangeas have big, bright blooms, and come in various colors that make them an easy choice for a wedding.
For stunning summer wedding flowers, peonies make for big, statement-making additions - particularly to a bridal bouquet.
Hypoallergenic Flowers for New Babies
After bringing home a baby for the first time, you may want to gift the new parents with congratulatory flowers. However, something to consider is whether the new addition to the family has any yet-to-be-discovered allergies. To be sure, some of the best flowers for a new baby are hypoallergenic.
Not only do tulips represent deep love, which is perfect when welcoming a new baby into the world, but they’re also low in pollen. Tulips are considered a spring flower, but are available year-round in an assortment of incredible colors - including pink and blue.
Orchids are striking, eye-catching flowers that can be displayed almost anywhere. They symbolize love and fertility, which is appropriate for welcoming a new baby. While orchids do produce pollen, it’s unlikely to become airborne. Orchids are also low-maintenance flowers, which is perfect for busy new parents.
Hypoallergenic Flowers for Spring Centerpieces
Not just limited to certain celebrations, tulips, roses, and hydrangeas are also fantastic flowers to include in spring centerpieces. Springtime flowers are bright and colorful, and represent new beginnings, bringing with them freshness and renewed hope for the future.
The bright green and yellows - along with a touch of orange - of daffodils will bring joy to any centerpiece. They’re also relatively low in pollen, which means they shouldn’t aggravate allergies like many other springtime flowers do unless someone with an allergy gets too close.
Carnations are delicate yet bold flowers that are bursting life. They’re available in a variety of colors so they’ll fit any design, and because they’re low pollen they’re a great choice for those who struggle with hay fever.
Ready to Order Hypoallergenic Flowers?
At French Florist, our team of experienced and skilled designers creates show-stopping bouquets that always pass our strict quality control processes. Order hypoallergenic flowers from French Florist for delivery nationwide, or by 2 pm for same-day local delivery across Los Angeles.