Indoor Plant Guide: Which Ones Cause Allergies?

Now that summer has come to a close, many people will want to bring nature indoors. After all, plants are a great way to boost your mood in the cold months of winter. Before you visit your local garden center, you should know that not all indoor houseplants are allergy-friendly.

Though it's not often talked about, many different "indoor plants" can trigger allergy symptoms. In especially severe cases, you might find yourself in an urgent care clinic. While indoor plants often have lower levels of pollen than their outdoor counterparts, it's heartbreaking to invest in a plant that makes you feel sick.

Here are some of the most common houseplants that can trigger allergy symptoms.

Flowering plants: Those beautiful blooms can be brutal

Flowering plants look beautiful and smell even better, making them a popular option for fall decor. Unfortunately, flowers are typically a vessel for pollen and can make you feel ill when they bloom. If you buy daisies, orchids, or marigold, you might even suffer from a skin reaction or rash when you touch them. Your best bet is to invest in plants with palm fronds or thick leaves to avoid these issues from occurring.

Bonsai (juniper) trees can cause irritation

Bonsai trees are a common gift but few people know that they can trigger allergy symptoms, especially if you have an allergy to juniper or cedar woods. Because you have to cut and trim these trees regularly, you're coming into contact with a slew of allergens whenever grooming is needed. It's not uncommon for bonsai owners to suffer from skin rashes, itchy eyes, and nasal irritation, however, even if you don't groom your tree often. It's no wonder that respiratory issues are one of the most common conditions treated at urgent care centers. 

Ferns: Friend or foe?

Ferns thrive the most when they have access to moist soil. Unfortunately, this moisture might lead to mold accumulation, causing worsening allergy symptoms in many people.

When you're looking for the best indoor plants, avoid ferns that need frequently wet soil. Instead, invest in plants that can go a few days without being watered, or only need a little water to thrive. That way, you can avoid a humid environment that contributes to allergy triggers.

The best plants to buy if you’re prone to allergies

If you can't stand the thought of living without a houseplant, here are some of the best allergy-friendly options to consider:

  • Female palm trees
  • Succulents
  • Philodendrons
  • Marginatas
  • Peace lilies
  • Bamboo palms

It pays to do a little research before you invest in indoor plants. Talk to your local nursery to see which plants they recommend for allergy sufferers. If you’re unable to pinpoint what’s causing your allergies, consider getting allergy tested. And if you’re looking for relief from indoor allergy symptoms, don’t hesitate to visit your neighborhood Immediate Clinic. We can help!

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