Desert fall brings a drop in temperatures but also brings fall allergies. The weather becomes beautiful but asthma and allergy sufferers sometimes get cooped up indoors - and not able to enjoy the AZ outdoors like they so desperately look forward to after surviving 4 months of 100 degree temperatures.
Be the change, opting for hypoallergenic landscaping options that can help return you a great outdoors. Sound too good to be true? It’s not. Even reducing the allergenic plants in a single garden can make a difference for asthma clinic patrons and sufferers, reducing pollen levels and the spread of allergenic plants far and wide.
Allergy-proof your yard with these suggestions from a Scottsdale :
- Fruit trees
With the exception of citrus flower fragrance, fruit trees are generally not allergenic or irritating.
- Bamboo and palms
Bamboo and female date and fan palms offer a beautiful, drought-tolerant option for your yard.
- Succulents and Cacti
The following do not produce wind-born pollen and are excellent low-water choices:
- Peruvian Cereus
- Golden Barrel
- Hedgehog Cactus
- Rainbow Cactus
- Easter Lily
- Sea Urchin Cactus
- Prickly Pear
- Organ Pipe
Hypo-allergenic climbers include bougainvillea, queen’s wreath, trumpet creeper, passion flower, cat’s claw, and roses such as Lady Banks and Tombstone.
The University of Arizona’s offers an extensive list of shrubs which are both low-allergy and drought tolerant.
- Accent plants
For accent planting, your suggests various yucca species, agave, and aloe, as well as sotol, desert spoon, ocotillo, and Mexican evening primrose are your friends.
- Brightly colored flowers
Attracting bees, insects, and hummingbirds, these flowers are generally not allergenic:
- Annual: California poppy, Mexican gold poppy; desert and arroyo lupine.
- Perennial: assorted penstemons, chia, globe-mallow, and Peruvian and Goodding verbena.
- Ground cover
Morning glory, trailing indigo bush, lantana, African daisy, and rosemary, in addition to ice plant, treasure flower, germander, and gazania offer great low-lying options.
- Olive trees
- Mesquite trees
- Juniper trees
- Nut trees
- Bermuda grass and most other grass species
- Triangle Leaf Bursage (Rabbit Bush)
- Desert Broom
University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Gardens Compatible with Respiratory Allergy in Southern and Central Arizona. http://allergy.peds.arizona.edu/southwest/lowpollen.html.
Dr. Aaron Davis, M.D. Cedar Fever is Coming to Town. Retrieved from: http://www.allergyasthmaaz.com/blog/.