Colorado Springs Pollen Report – March 13, 2015

 In Pollen Reports

Top Pollen Producer: Juniper/Cedar

Allergy Tip of the Day:

If your green thumb is starting to itch, here are some tips to keep your nose from doing the same:

Choose the Right Plants

Go for plants with bright, aromatic flowers. In general, flowering plants are pollinated by insects, not the wind. Their pollen is usually too big to get in the air and cause allergy symptoms.

Choose native plants. They’re easier to grow, because they’re already adapted to the climate. Nonnative plants are more likely to struggle — and stressed plants tend to release more pollen.

Ask for female trees. It might sound strange, but most pollen comes from male trees. They’re sometimes advertised as “seedless” or “fruitless.”

Looking for specifics about what to plant? Good choices include:

  • Flowering plants like begonias, crocuses, daffodils, daisies, geraniums, hostas, impatiens, irises, lilies, pansies, periwinkles, petunias, phlox, salvia, snapdragons, sunflowers, and tulips
  • Grasses like St. Augustine
  • Shrubs like azalea, boxwood, hibiscus, and hydrangea
  • Trees like apple, cherry, dogwood, magnolia, plum, and red maple

Provided by Asthma and Allergy Associates, P.C. and Research Center, Dr. Robert Nathan, Dr. Daniel Soteres, Dr. Luke Webb

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