Plants, flowers and allergies: Choose wisely!

Giving flowers on Mother’s Day is a classic move. But just because the tradition is time-honored doesn’t mean it can’t come with risks if the World’s Best Mom suffers from allergies.

Some plants, like those in the daisy family, release pollen that can be an irritant for allergic moms. Other plants, like roses or lilies, release very little pollen and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction.

Dr. Sana Hasan, assistant professor of medicine in the section of immunology, allergy and rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine, has advice for the best flowers and plants to buy for those with seasonal allergies.

Friendly plants: Roses and lilies, Cactus plants, Azaleas, Boxwoods, Hibiscus, Hydrangeas, Apple and cherry trees, Apricot twists, Joker begonias, Daffodils, Geraniums, Pansies, Tulips. Plants to avoid: Cypress, Jasmine, Chamomile, Junipers, Chrysanthemums, Asters, Sunflowers.

And remember – if you live far away, call your mother.

-By Andy Phifer

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