Lillies seen as liability: Scented bouquets discouraged by VIHA

Bringing flowers to hospital patients and the elderly is a tradition that the Vancouver Island Health Authority, VIHA, is asking people to forego if they are considering strongly-scented and high pollen-bearing varieties.

Bringing flowers to hospital patients and the elderly is a tradition that the Vancouver Island Health Authority, VIHA, is asking people to forego if they are considering strongly-scented and high pollen-bearing varieties.

For example, lilies are viewed by many people as the traditional flower for Easter but for others, the presence of these attractive but strongly-scented and high pollen-bearing flowers can trigger headaches, nausea and even respiratory issues, said VIHA in a press release

VIHA asks family members and friends of loved ones in hospitals and residential care facilities to be scent considerate to those with health problems associated with lilies and other strongly scented and pollen-bearing flowers when bringing bouquets to loved ones to celebrate the Easter holiday.