I'm so tired of sneezing! Even before I put the soiled tissue in the trash, I'm reaching for a fresh one!
I've come up with a general rule: If you can see the flowers, that's not the plant that makes you sneeze. Plants develop flowers to attract insects to carry their pollen from one plant to another. Some don't bother with pretty flowers — they just let the wind carry their pollen. So I'd bet that something is blooming that is pollinated by the wind.
When I talked with my neighbor, he said, "Oh, it's the goldenrod." But I've seen insects on the goldenrod, so I know that it's insect pollinated. Here's a photo of goldenrod and you can even see the bug on it!
I continue sneezing as we drive to Delta. The next obvious bloomer is rabbitbrush. I've studied the ones in our backyard, and every season I find curious red and black insects, each over half an inch long. So I'm sure that the rabbitbrush is not the culprit! The roadside sunflowers? No, you caneasily see the bugs.
I'm looking for a wind-pollinated plant, one that you would never imagine as the sneeze culprit. And along the highway I see kochia. Some small ones are by our garage door, but some of these are over three feet tall. No obvious flowers, just lots of pollen! And right here at the intersection is a huge plant called marshelder, properly Iva xanthifolia. No obvious flowers but I've had a severe reaction to the pollen in the past. So I think that the sneeze culprit is either the small kochia or the huge marshelder. Not the goldenrod or the rabbitbrush!blog comments powered by Disqus