Low-Pollen Houseplants

Allergic to your indoor plants? Try these sneeze-free varieties.
Peace Lily Becomes Focal Point of Room

Peace Lily Becomes Focal Point of Room

Use your plant as a focal point to draw attention to an area of the room, or to provide a leafy contrast to the hard lines of cabinets and other furniture. Also, ensure the plant won't be an obstacle, and choose a pot that matches your decor. The large glossy leaves and elegant white flowers of the peace lily are matched by this simple metal container. Choose a large variety for a big statement.

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Allergic to your houseplants? There's nothing like being in close quarters with a plant that triggers sniffing and sneezing.
Fortunately, though, there are a number of houseplants that have low pollen counts, making them good choices for people who suffer from seasonal allergies. Try these:

  • passionflower
  • miniature rose
  • begonia
  • nasturtium
  • croton
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • bay
  • peace lily
  • peperomia
  • Swedish ivy
  • All these low-pollen plants offer great options for allergy sufferers. But also remember that plants themselves can collect dust, and soil can form mold, so clean the foliage of your houseplants regularly to keep them free from allergens. Also, avoid overwatering, not only to keep your plants healthy but also to discourage mold from developing on perpetually moist soil. When repotting, be sure to use fresh, sterile potting soil.

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