The Pollen is Fallin’

If you live around here, you know everything outside is coated in a filmy, green haze. I had my car out for about an hour yesterday, and it looks as if I’ve driven through a green dust storm. Even the cats are coated with it.

Last weekend, I talked about washing our windows, but I was warned to wait for a couple of weeks because the windows would get coated with pollen again almost immediately.

Meanwhile, we’ve brought the cushions on the porch furniture inside, and we’re waiting for this little storm to be over. The car washers will be doing lots of business, I’m sure.

A nice pollen coating

With so much pollen around, especially pine pollen, it’s natural to put the blame on it for every sneeze and itchy, watery eye, but oddly enough, pine pollen may not be the culprit. It seems that oak pollen is more allergenic than pine. See below:

“The chemical makeup of pollen is the basic factor that determines whether it is likely to cause hay fever. For example, pine tree pollen is produced in large amounts by a common tree, which would make it a good candidate for causing allergy. The chemical composition of pine pollen, however, appears to make it less allergenic than other types. Because pine pollen is heavy, it tends to fall straight down and does not scatter. Therefore, it rarely reaches human noses.

Among North American plants, weeds are the most prolific producers of allergenic pollen. Ragweed is the major culprit, but others of importance are sagebrush, redroot pigweed, lamb’s quarters, Russian thistle (tumbleweed), and English plantain.

Grasses and trees, too, are important sources of allergenic pollens. Although more than 1,000 species of grass grow in North America, only a few produce highly allergenic pollen. These include timothy grass, Kentucky bluegrass, Johnson grass, Bermuda grass, redtop grass, orchard grass, and sweet vernal grass. Trees that produce allergenic pollen include oak, ash, elm, hickory, pecan, box elder, and mountain cedar.”

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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