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Low-Allergy Plants for the Garden

Posted By Allergic Living On 2013/03/14 @ 12:11 pm In Pollen, Pets | No Comments

Get your Groove Back

You’ve banished gardening from your life, uprooted your plants and spend your Spring hiding indoors. Little do you know, there are hundreds of low-allergy options for your garden. What’s more, many of these are far more beautiful than their pollen-pouring counterparts, because they have to stand out in order to attract bees and other pollinating insects. Here is Allergic Living‘s list of potentials for your low-allergy garden:

Pink Peony [1]

Photo: JENNIFER BYRON/Getty

Flowering Plants

  • Lathyrus odoratus – Sweet pea
  • Catharanthus roseus – Periwinkle
  • Digitalis – Foxglove
  • Impatiens – Impatiens
  • Myosotis – Forget-me-nots
  • Nierembergia – Cup flower
  • Petunia – Petunia
  • Viola – Johnny jump up, pansy, violet
  • Brodiaea – Dlephant’s ears
  • Crocus – Spring-flowering crocus
  • Cyclamen – Cyclamen
  • Galanthus – Snowdrops
  • Gladiolus – Gladiolus
  • Hyacinth – Hyacinth (numerous varieties)
  • Gentiana – Gentian
  • Geranium – True geranium, cranesbill
  • Hemerocallis – Day lily
  • Peony – Peony
  • Polemonium – Jacob’s ladder
  • Rhododendron – Azalea, rhododendron
  • Fuchsia – Fuchsia
  • Dianthus – Carnation, pinks
  • Papaver – Poppy
  • Begonia – Fibrous or tuberous begonia
  • Rosa – Rose (avoid high-scent varieties)
  • Phlox – Phlox
  • Iris – Iris
  • Erythrocoma triflora – Prairie smoke
  • Kniphofia – Red Hot Poker
  • Clematis – Clematis
  • Tulipa gesneriana – Tulip (bulbs may irritate sensitive skin)
  • Penstemon – Beardtongue
  • Antirrhinum – Snapdragon
  • Asclepias tuberosa – Butterfly weed
  • Hibiscus – hibiscus
  • Narcissus – Daffodil
  • Bulbine frutescens – bulbine

Shurbs/Bushes/Herbs

  • Coleus blumei – Coleus
  • Hosta – Hosta, plantain lily
  • Physalis – Chinese lantern
  • Sempervivum – Hens and chicks
  • Hydrangea grandiflora – Big leaf hydrangea
  • Viburnum – Viburnum shrubs, highbush cranberry, nannyberry
  • Heuchera – Coral bells (many varieties)
  • Teucrium crispum – Wood sage
  • Physocarpus opulifolius – Dart’s gold, ninebark
  • Bergenia – Elephant’s ears
  • Kolkwitzia amabilis – Beauty bush
  • Aronia melanocarpa – Black chokeberry
  • Rodgersia pinnata – Featherleaf rodgersia
  • Helianthemum – Sunrose, rock rose
  • Gaura – Gaura, beeblossom
  • Vaccinium corymbosum – Blueberry bush
  • Berberis vulgaris – Barberry bush
  • Daphne – Daphne
  • Nandina domestica – Nandina
  • Salvia greggii – Autumn sage
  • Salvia clevelandii – Cleaveland sage, blue sage

Trees

  • Stick to female trees, which may drop berries or seeds but don’t produce pollen
  • Persimmon  – persimmon tree
  • Amelanchier lamarkii – juneberry tree

Vines/Climbing Plants

  •  Thunbergia alata – Black-eyed Susan vine


Sources: Allergy-Free Gardening, by Thomas Leo Ogren, Creating a Low-Allergen Garden, by Lucy Huntington, Peter Prakke, Horticulturalist, Olivia Kirk, Landscape & Garden Designer for KKE Architects and Melissa Gable, University of California Davis arboretum.

 

See Also: Plants to Avoid [2]


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