Welcome to the photo library of common allergenic plants in Sarasota Florida.
This photo safari of the most common plant allergy culprits was mostly set right in Dr. Ly’s backyard and local Twin Lakes Park off of I-75 exit 205 on Clark Rd. We’d like to thank the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Sarasota extension Master Gardeners and horticulturist Erin Alvarez for their expertise and kindness in identifying our local flora. The identification of these plants is purely for scientific curiosity as many pollens can travel hundreds of miles in the wind and cause plant allergies in sensitized people. Luckily, you don’t have to cut down your own oak trees, because the pollen is abundant in our area whether you have the tree on your lot or not.
One of many species of oak found locally that are responsible for plant allergies. Location- near Twin Lakes Park
An invasive tree that is not a true pine tree–responsible for may plant allergies. To me it looks like a feathery pine tree with branches close to the base of the trunk. Location- lining the sidewalk of a condo near Siesta Key Village, however, you can see them all over Lido and Siesta.
The leaves look like notched or knobby, articulated pine needles.
Location- fire station at the corner of Twin Lakes Park.
Surprisingly, cypress trees don’t need to be in swamps! They are all over Sarasota. They look like feathery Christmas trees with knobby roots poking up from the ground. Location- Corner of Hummingbird and Clark Rd. at Twin Lakes Park.
Also known as wax myrtle. These are really large bushes with many delicate little berries. Location- lining the lakes of Twin Lakes Park.
Common flowering perennial tree found in the wetlands. Location- sidewalk of the Sarasota IFAS building.
This Mulberry sapling was recently planted in my front yard. Mulberries have a delightful fruit that is similar to a seedless blackberry.
A beautiful tree with a red peeling papery bark and wide leaves. Location- house near Twin Lakes Park.
Tropical to subtropical perennial grass with V shaped flowering branches. Location- My front yard.
A creeping grass with short grey-green blades. The seed heads can be in clusters of two to six. Location- My front yard.
An invasive grass that is considered more like a weed. Location- Twin Lakes Park.
An abundant perennial grass with a fuzzy looking flowering head. Location- My front yard.
Notoriously allergenic. Up to fifty percent of allergic rhinitis is caused by ragweed sensitivity. Location- Twin Lakes Park.
Common weed that thrives on roadsides, fence lines, and fields. Location- My back yard.
Perennial or annual flowering plant found almost anywhere in the world. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Annual or perennial plant with many species having stinging hairs or nettles. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Summer annual weeds. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Common perennial herbs. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
According to Accuweather, we should be breathing easier in June. Ragweed, tree pollen and grass pollen are historically low to moderate in the month of June.
Expect medium pollen levels for May in Southwest Florida. Less if we get more rain! The key culprits for this time of year are Oak (tapering off), Bermuda Grass and Hickory. From PollenLibrary.com
You probably barely survived the March Live Oak pollen implosion, and hopefully, by now it’s rained taking some of that pollen out of the air. In April, we welcome Ragweed, but not to worry, historically pollen counts for ragweed, grass and trees are on the low side. We recommend closing the windows, staying indoors when…
Live Oak allergy is the most troublesome pollen for spring allergy sufferers. The yellow-green oak pollen coats everything from your car to the sidewalk — and even the grass-heavy pollen can linger in the air for weeks depending on whether or not we receive any rain. The oak tree pollen we get over those 2…
February’s worst pollen offenders? Bald Cypress and Juniper. Counts are moderate right now. Alas, Jupiter is a common ground cover given it’s extremely resistant to heat and drought. Native to swampy conditions, the bald cypress is another “survivor,” also able to withstand dry, sunny weather and is hardy in USDA climate zones 5 through 10. The…