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Garden Plants to Avoid with Allergies

Annuals, Perennials, and Sneezeables

The following plants can cause problems for people with allergies and should be avoided. In general, it’s a good idea to avoid any plant which releases its pollen into the air, rather than relying on insects for pollination. For sensitive individuals, it is also a good idea to avoid anything that gives off a strong scent, such as certain rose varieties.

The Plants to Avoid: Botanical and Common Names

Flowering Plants

  • Amaranthus caudatus – love lies bleeding, tassel flower
  • Chrysanthemum – chrysanthemum, daisy (numerous varieties)
  • Thalictrum – buttercup
  • Aster – aster
  • Daucus carota – Queen Anne’s lace, wild carrot
  • Doronicum – leopard’s bane
  • Alyssum – alyssum
  • Leontopodium alpinium – edelweiss
  • Ligustrum – privet hedge
  • Tanacetum – tansy, painted daisy
  • Cryptomeria japonica – Japanese cedar
  • Celosia – cockscomb
  • Echinacea purpurea – purple coneflower
  • Syringa – lilac
  • Matthiola – stocks
  • Lavendula – lavender


  • Artemesia – wormwood, tarragon
  • Ligustrum – privet hedge
  • Hydrangea paniculata & quercifolia – pee-gee and oak leaf hydrangea


  • Cryptomeria japonica – Japanese cedar


  • Carex – sedge

Vines and Climbing Plants

  • Hedera – ivy

Now that you’ve rooted out all the allergy-offenders from your garden, it’s time to check out our list of sneeze-free options.

Sources: Allergy-Free Gardening, by Thomas Leo Ogren, Creating a Low-Allergen Garden, by Lucy Huntington and Peter Prakke, Horticulturalist.

See Also: Low-Allergy Plants





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