Plant experts: Allergy season here for another month, but rainy days a silver lining
Spring flowers can get a bad rap when it comes to the season of itchy, watery eyes and exacerbated asthma, but biologists from Eastern Washington University and Washington State University say it’s mostly wind pollinators to blame for allergy season. Unfortunately, wind pollinators translate to trees and grass, so the outdoors will continue to be a minefield for allergy sufferers.
“For the most part, the things that people have in their yard, the beautiful flowers that we see, in terms of allergies those aren’t really drivers of allergies,” said Robin O’Quinn, EWU associate professor of biology. “Things that have big, bright, showy flowers are attracting animal pollinators for the most part.”