Flowers & Plants Funeral Directors Hate
Lilies are very commonly used in sympathy flower arrangements such as casket pieces, flower stands, or flower baskets. They have a very strong,distinct smell unlike any other. Funeral directors have to be careful when moving arrangements with lilies because of the pollen located in the stigma. The pollen easily rubs of on clothes or skin and leaves a very noticeable yellow stain. The stains are not permanent, but it takes a lot of scrubbing with soap and water to remove it.
Fuji (Spider) Mums
Fuji mums are also very popular in sympathy flower arrangements. They come in a wide variety of bright colors and are available year around. The down side about this flower is that the petals fall off very easily. It's very challenging to move Fuji mums without numerous petals falling on the floor and then having to re-vaccum the chapel again.
Ferns are normally sent for spring or summer funeral services. They often come in plastic hanging baskets for people to hang on their front porch (its a southern thing). Personally, I don't find them as a very appealing plant because of the lack of color. Ferns need watering very frequently and they are very heavy because of the amount of dirt in the pot. They aren't fun to move around and guess what falls off easily when you move it? You guessed it, leaves!
I've never understood the appeal of these plants, but boy do people like to send them to funerals. These things are heavy and take up a lot of space. Every time you bend over to pick it up you end up with a mouth full of palm leaves.