Low-Pollen Houseplants

Allergic to your indoor plants? Try these sneeze-free varieties.


Problem: Stunted, pale or weak-looking plants. Solution: Before you can treat this problem, you need to figure out exactly what’s causing it. Insects may be attacking your plants, or you may be watering too much, or not fertilizing enough. Check both sides of the leaves, and look along the stems and branches for signs of trouble. Make sure the roots aren't standing in a saucer full of water. Read up on how and when to fertilize your plant, and feed it with a balanced plant food or a specialized plant food, if necessary.

Photo by: Costa Farms

Costa Farms

Allergic to your houseplants? There's nothing like being in close quarters with a plant that triggers sniffing and sneezing. Fortunately, 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 (pictured)
  • 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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