Another quite famous color of flowers in the world of flora is yellow. Yellow flowers are just as stunning as the sun in the sky. Its bright and joyous color brings about a sense of warm emotions and positivity. Flowers with yellow-colored petals look like little stars on a field of leaves and grass.
The blossoming of yellow flowers in any garden or yard will definitely make it more dazzling. Below is a list of some of the stunning types of yellow flowers.
Meaning of the Color Yellow
Yellow is a bright and brilliant color. The word yellow derives from the Old English word geolu meaning to shine and glisten. This very derivation is the reason why the color is most popularly associated with the sun.
The sun has always been a symbol of positivity, good energy, joy, and happiness – in this case, yellow flowers symbolize that too! In addition to that, yellow can also symbolize the color of friendship and intellect because of its radiance.
Sometimes, yellow doesn’t always symbolize all the good and happy things. It can also suggest jealousy, betrayal, danger, or even illness. You can learn more about flower meanings on our website.
Guide to Giving Yellow Flowers
A bouquet or any arrangement of yellow flowers can signify a lot of wonderful things. First and foremost, yellow-themed floral bouquets indicate the person is like sunshine – bright and beaming on any day. Arranged yellow flowers can also indicate friendship and happiness.
Whatever the occasion may be that requires a yellow bouquet, one thing’s for sure – it represents the joy of the moment.
A List of Stunning Yellow Flowers
#1 Alstroemeria (Alstromeria ‘Sweet Laura’)
The Alstroemeria is more popularly known as the Peruvian Lily or the Lily of the Incas. Alstroemerias are perennial spring blooming bulbs of the Alstroemeriaceae family that is native to South America.
Peruvian Lilies are very popular cut flowers given their delicate fragrance and beauty. The plant requires rich, well-drained soil with full sun to partly shaded areas for best growth and bloom during late spring throughout late summer. Each flower has six irregular yellow tepals streaked with a deep orange-red tint.
#2 American Bittersweet (Celastrus scandens)
The American Bittersweet is a deciduous twining woody vine of the Celastraceae family native to central and eastern North America.
It’s not the most common flower in one’s own garden but whenever it blooms from May to June, it is sure to be a beauty.
This plant will thrive best in moist soils under full sun conditions. The leaves are yellow-green in color while the flowers are colored a mellow yellow.
#3 Asiatic Lily (Lilium ‘Connecticut King’)
The Asiatic Lily is a beautiful hybrid bulb from the Lily family. This particular hybrid has buttercup yellow petals with a golden yellow center.
It consists of 6 petals and is shaped like a trumpet, funnels, cup, bell, or just flat! It is an herbaceous perennial native to North America, Europe, and Asia up until the south of the Philippines.
#4 Begonia (Begonia)
The yellow Begonias are also known as a hybrid tuber. It is a part of the Begoniaceae family and can either be identified as annual or perennial shrubs or climbing plants.
The golden yellow flowers are tender and bloom during summer, presenting waxy petals and bright yellow color.
The begonia plant will flourish in well-drained moist soils under partial shade conditions. Can be grown in hanging baskets or small containers as an indoor houseplant.
#5 Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii)
Hold up: this Bird of Paradise is not the same as the Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia). This Bird of Paradise is also known as the Poinciana – a broadleaf evergreen flowering shrub or small tree from the pea family.
It is native to the tropics of Argentina and Uruguay and is sought out around the globe for its dazzling yellow flowers with bright red stamens. This plant thrives in moist, well-drained soils under full sun conditions and will bloom during Summer.
#6 Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’)
The Butterfly weed is a herbaceous perennial of the Dogbane family native to Missouri. It features vivid orange to yellow-orange flowers that make for an excellent cut or dried flower.
The flowers bloom from July to August and are quite attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. This is because the flowers produce a great amount of nectar perfect for the pollinators. It’s best to plant this plant in butterfly or rock gardens, meadows, or prairies.
#7 Bear’s Ear (Primula auricula)
A Bear’s Ear flower got its name for closely resembling a literal bear’s ear. It is an evergreen perennial of the Primulaceae family and is native to the high mountain ranges of central Europe. It produces beautiful yellow flowers blooming in clusters and above long stalks.
#8 Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
This flower looks a lot like a Sunflower with its bright yellow petals and dark center disk. It is also known as the Praire Sun or the Gloriosa Daisy native to a wildflower in Missouri.
The plant is a herbaceous perennial belonging to the Aster family and resembles a Sunflower or Daisy.
The flowers are composed of Daisy-like rays of bright yellow petals and dark brown center disks. It is also a drought tolerant flower!
#9 Bulbine (Bulbine frutescens)
The Bulbine or more known as the Orange Bulbine is an herbaceous perennial of the Asphodelaceae family mostly native to the riverbanks or sandy hillsides of South Africa.
This beautiful flower features 6 petals with beautiful yellow color and is accompanied by frilly stamens on top of 2-inch stalks.
These blossoms can be enjoyed during the early Summer with a few blooming again during the Fall.
#10 Busy Lizzy (Impatiens walleriana)
As cute its name sounds, the Busy Lizzy or Bizzy Lizzy is an herbaceous perennial flower plant of the Balsaminaceae family.
The plant is native to Tanzania and Mozambique and it features lovely slender, 5-petaled single or double flowers. It blooms during the first few days of Spring until the start of an early frost.
#11 Buttercup (Ranunculus repens)
The Buttercup or alternatively known as the creeping Buttercup is an herbaceous weed perennial of the Ranunculus family.
The plant is native to Asia and Europe and only became naturalized in many temperate regions around the globe.
The flowers feature a stunning yellow color and bloom from mid-spring until the late Summer. Best landscaped in lawns and gardens.
#12 Butterfly Bush (Buddleja davidii)
The Yellow Butterfly bush is popularly known as a deciduous herb hailing from the Scrophulariaceae family. The plant is native to the mountain slopes, forests, and rocky stream banks of China and Japan.
The flowers, featuring a mild fragrance and soft yellow color, are densely clustered in a showy arrangement. As the name of this flower implies, it is very alluring to not only butterflies but also hummingbirds and bees!
#13 Calla Lily (Zantedeschia elliottiana)
Calla Lilies can also famously be known as the Golden Calla or the Elliot’s Calla flower. It is an annual or perennial bulbous flowering plant from the Araceae family.
Native to the tropical paradise of South Africa, the Calla Lily blooms throughout the Summer. It features a yellow flower shaped like a finger and is also accompanied by a yellow spathe. A fun fact, these flowers closely resemble a Jack-in-the-pulpit!
#14 Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
The Marigold or Calendula is a very common annual garden flower blooming from the early months of May up until late June. It belongs to the Aster family and is native to regions in the subtropical Americas and Mexico.
The plant produces Daisy or Chrysanthemum-like flowers with bright yellow petals and dark center disks.
Marigolds are low maintenance plants that grow best in well-drained soils and full sun conditions such as bedding, border, or a potted plant.
#15 Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus ‘Clarion’)
The beautiful Carnations or Dianthus flowers are prized as cut flowers in a bouquet or floral arrangement. It belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family and is known to be native in most Mediterranean regions.
Carnations are also known as the Clove Pink and bloom from June to July when grown in moist soils with lots of sunlight. Its flowers feature double petals with a warm yellow color on top of upright stems.
Apart from a cut flower, Carnations are also best cultivated as a border plant in gardens and landscapes.
#16 Canna Lily (Canna)
Canna Lilies are lovely yellow blossoms from the Cannaceae family. These rhizomatous plants are herbaceous perennials blooming from July to August.
The plant produces spikes of beautiful yellow flowers above erect stems with paddle-like shaped leaves.
#17 Carolina Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)
The Carolina Jasmine or False Jessamine is a lovely yellow flower from the Gelsemiaceae family. It is an evergreen twining vine native to the southern parts of the United States and Central America such as Mexico and Guatemala.
The flowers feature a yellow funnel-like shape with a slight fragrance. It blooms in clusters during the late winter until early spring. The famous saying about the Carolina Jasmine is that when it blooms, winter is coming to an end.
#18 Cestrum (Cestrum aurantiacum)
Another Jessamine is a Cestrum, more specifically this Cestrum is known as the Orange Jessamine. It isn’t related to the Carolina Jessamine.
This plant is a deciduous herb that belongs to the nightshade family. It is native to Nicaragua and Guatemala in South America featuring lovely clusters of yellow flowers blooming from Spring all throughout Summer.
A fun fact about Cestrum is that it’s attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and other insect pollinators because of its nectar and white berries!
#19 Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum ‘Niche’s October Glow’)
Also known as the Daisy Garden Mum or simply Mum, this flower is widely cultivated as a cut ornament in bouquets and arrangements.
The Chrysanthemums are herbaceous perennial flowering plants from the Aster family. It is primarily native to East Asia and features elegant yellow flowers that appear like Daisies.
Many butterflies enjoy Mums during their blooming season from Summer to early winter.
#20 Coreopsis (Coreopsis grandiflora)
The Coreopsis is more commonly known as the large-flowered Tickseed. And its flowers are quite big compared to other common garden blossoms.
This herbaceous perennial from the Aster family is native to Central and Eastern North America. This plant features daisy-like, single-petalled yellow flowers with deep streaks of yellow tint and a yellow center disk. It also comes in varying shades of petal colors!
#21 Corydalis (Corydalis ochroleuca)
Don’t be mistaken, the Corydalis or more known as the White Corydalis is actually pale yellow in color. It is an exquisite herbaceous perennial flowering plant native to the southeastern parts of Europe.
The plant belongs to the Papaveraceae family and features pale yellow to creamy white flowers that bloom from June to October.
#22 Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus)
The Cosmos or Cosmic flower is an annual flowering plant from the Aster family. It is native to the Northern, Central, and Southern parts of America and was first cultivated in Mexico.
The cosmos plants feature dainty daisy-like flowers with yellow rays of petals and yellow center disks. Some types also come in orange blossoms.
#23 Craspedia (Craspedia globosa)
The Craspedia flower can go by many different names such as the Drumstick flower, Wollyheads, or Billy Buttons. One thing’s for sure, it isn’t the normal kind of flower seen in many gardens.
The plant belongs to the daisy family and is native to Australia, New Zealand, and the mountains of the Alps. It is an herbaceous perennial with flowers appearing like semi ball shaped clusters of flowers. It somewhat looks like tennis balls on the field!
#24 Daffodil (Narcissus)
Also known as the Narcissus, yellow Daffodils are highly regarded as the narcissistic flower. It is a bulbous perennial flowering plant from the Amaryllidaceae family.
It is native to many regions of Europe and North America. During its blossom time in early Spring, the daffodil plant features lovely trumpet-shaped blooms with six petals and a slight fragrance.
#25 Dahlia (Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion’)
Dahlias are beautiful flowering herby plants from the Aster family. This perennial plant is mostly native to Mexico and Central America.
Blooming from mid-Summer until late fall, the Mystic Illusion Dahlia variety presents bright yellow flower petals accompanied by very dark and almost black foliage. It is simply spectacular when in bloom!
#26 Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Moontraveller’)
The Hemerocallis or commonly known as Daylily is a stunning flowering plant from the Asphodelaceae family. It is an herbaceous perennial native to some regions of Asia and Central Europe.
The cultivar ‘Moontraveller’ features lovely lemon-colored flower petals on bare stem stalks. This flower got its common name Daylily because it only typically blooms for one day.
#27 Freesia (Freesia)
Freesias are annual or perennial bulbous flowering plants from the Iris family native to South Africa.
The plant features large double flowers with a wide array of colors. Many florists highly value the Freesia for its funnel shape, sweet fragrance, and attractive colors.
#28 French Marigold (Tagetes patula)
The French Marigold is a different yet distant flower from the Marigold or Marsh Marigold. It is an annual flowering plant from the Aster family native mostly to Mexico and Guatemala.
The plant’s flowers bloom from Summer to early frost and are best planted as bedding plants or in window boxes.
French Marigolds will also make for an excellent cut flower because of their beautiful single or double petals and fragrant flowers. Plant in moist, well-drained soils under full sun conditions for the best flowers!
#29 Geranium (Erodium chrysanthum)
The Geraniums are also known as the Heron’s or Crane’s bill because of their distinct shape. It is an herbaceous perennial flower plant from the Geraniaceae family.
The plant is primarily native to the alpine areas of Greece. It features fern-like foliage and saucer-like yellow flowers blooming throughout Summer and fall. The yellow color of Geraniums appears either sulfur-like or creamy.
#30 Gerbera Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
Another famous yellow flower is the Gerbera Daisies. It is also commonly called the Transvaal or Barberton Daisy. Not to get confused with the Bellis Daisy, but these two Daisies are related through the Aster family.
It is an herbaceous perennial native to areas of South Africa and Swaziland. This sun-loving plant presents solitary daisy-like cheerful flowers with single or double petals and darker yellow disks. Enjoy its bloom from Summer to Fall.
#31 Globe Flower (Trollius europaeus)
The Globe Flower or more likely the European Globe Flower is not only native to Europe but also to North America. It is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant from the Ranunculaceae family.
The plant showcases its first blooms during early Summer. At this time, it features globe-shaped flowers with a soft lemon-yellow color – oftentimes the flowers bloom singly or in pairs!
#32 Golden Chain Tree (Laburnum anagyroides)
The Golden Chain Tree is a member of the pea family native to the mountains of central and southeastern Europe.
The beautiful Wisteria-like flowers of this plant bloom from May to June. The flowers are profuse and very showy which makes it such an amazing flower during Spring!
#33 Goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)
The Goldenrod flower also goes by as the Early or Giant Goldenrod. This herbaceous perennial plant belongs to the Asteraceae family and is native to North America expanding across Quebec and British Columbia.
When in bloom beginning in July, the plant appears with clusters of tiny and delicate yellow flowers attracting many bees and butterflies.
#34 Hellebores (Helleborus × hybridus ‘Yellow Lady’)
Hellebores are more popularly known as the hybrid Lenten or Winter roses. Why this flower is known as such is because it blooms during the late winter until the early dawn of Spring.
This herbaceous perennial from the Ranunculus family features single-petalled, cup-shaped flowers atop long stems. Sometimes also blooming with double petals, Hellebores bloom pale yellow with a tint of maroon.
#35 Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
The Hibiscus flower or Rose Mallow is an elegant flowering plant from the Malvaceae family. It is a broadleaf evergreen perennial native primarily to many regions of tropical Asia.
The plant features yellow flowers with a funnel-like shape and a dark red center. The beauty of a Hibiscus is fleeting as it will only stay in bloom for 1 or 2 days. This flower is best in tropical gardens and greenhouses.
#36 Hyacinth (Hyacinthus ‘Yellow Queen’)
The Hyacinths are exquisite florals from the Asparagaceae family. It is native throughout the Mediterranean region and tropical Africa.
This bulbous flowering plant is a popular cut flower in many bouquets and floral arrangements. The ‘Yellow Queen’ cultivar is one of the best and latest types of yellow Hyacinths.
It features closely packed yellow flowers curving at the end of each petal. Florists recommend combining this type of flower with Daffodils or Tulips!
#37 Iris (Iris ‘Butter and Sugar’)
The Siberian Iris or simply the yellow Iris is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant from the Iridaceae family. The plant features small yellow flowers and narrow blue-green grass like foliage.
After full bloom with bright yellow petals, the clumped leaves will retain their unique color until late Fall only showcasing the leaves and not the flowers – this is why it’s named the Siberian Iris.
#38 Leontodon (Leontodon autumnalis)
The Leontodon is another uncommon garden flower. Also known as the Autumn Hawkbit or Fall Dandelion, this flower is considered a weed. Leontodons are perennial plants from the Aster family native mostly in Asia and Europe.
The plant produces solitary flowers resembling Dandelions. The rays of petals are a warm yellow with the underside streaked with red. Enjoy the blooms of this plant during the Fall season from July to September.
#39 Lesser Celandine (Ficaria verna Huds.)
The Lesser Celandine or also known as the Fig or Figroot Buttercup is an herbaceous perennial of the Buttercup family. Its native range varies across Europe, North Africa, and some regions of temperate Asia.
The flowers first bloom from late March until early April. It features solitary bright yellow petals and also yellow center disks. Its dark and fleshy green leaves in the shape of a heart also make this flowering plant a garden favorite.
#40 Lotus (Nelumbo lutea)
The Lotus or American Lotus is an herbaceous perennial aquatic flower plant. It is primarily native to many countries in tropical Asia but is now also cultivated in Eastern North America.
The Lotus belongs to the Nelumbonaceae family and is best known for its beautiful flowers sitting atop its leaves during bloom. The leaves are round, waxy, and cupped upward to float above the water and give rise to the beautiful and fragrant pale yellow flower of the Lotus. Enjoy its bloom during the Summer!
#41 Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
The Marigold is a beautiful annual flowering plant from the Aster family. It closely resembles Daisy and Chrysanthemum!
The flowers feature bright yellow petals in bloom from early Summer to late Fall. The petals of the Marigolds are either single or double and have contrasting a dark center disk,
#42 Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris)
The Marsh Marigold is another flower closely resembling the Calendula Marigold. This herbaceous perennial flowering plant belongs to the Buttercup family and is native mostly in the northern temperate regions of the globe such as North America.
The flowers feature brilliant yellow petals and deep yellow waxy outer petal-like sepals. Expect to see Marigolds first bloom in April up until late June!
#43 Oleander (Nerium oleander ‘Luteum Plenum’)
The Yellow Oleander is highly valued for its bountiful and fragrant funnel-shaped flowers blooming in clusters from Summer to Fall.
This plant is a broadleaf evergreen tropical or subtropical shrub from the Apocynaceae family. Its primary native range is across Northern Africa and Eastern Mediterranean.
#44 Orchid (Cymbidium)
The Orchid is an exotic flowering plant from the Orchidaceae family. Extremely prized for its beautiful, delicate, and fragrant flowers, it was first native to Southeast Asia but is now cultivated globally.
Orchids are terrestrial epiphytes meaning they do not require soil mediums to grow and thrive. The flowers are bountiful, showy, and delicate and date back to the early history of Confucius in ancient China.
#45 Pansy (Viola × wittrockiana)
Pansies are herbaceous perennial flowering plants from the Violet family. The Pansy first originated in a small garden bed in Europe. It is popularly cultivated as a bedding plant in cold climates.
The plant features flowers with a flattened appearance and a solid yellow color. In some types of Pansies, a contrasting tint or blotch is visible.
#46 Peony (Paeonia ‘Border Charm’)
Peonies or Paeonies are herbaceous perennial shrubby flowering plants native across Asia, Europe, and western North America. It belongs to the Paeoniaceae family and blooms from late April until early June.
Peony flowers feature medium-sized flowers. The inner petals are a lighter shade of yellow with the outer ends of the petals tinted a bright red.
#47 Portulaca (Portulaca oleraceae)
The Portulaca is more popularly known as the Moss Rose. It can also go by other names such as Little Hogweed or Purselane.
The Moss Rose is an annual weed flowering plant cultivated mostly in lawns or gardens for its small and delicate yellow flowers. It belongs to the Portulacaceae family and is native to the Cosmopolitan.
These flowers will begin blooming from Summer until early frost. A fun fact about Moss Roses is that they don’t bloom during gloomy or rainy days.
#48 Prickly Pear (Opuntia humifosa)
The Prickly Pear is not the ordinary flowering plant found in gardens. It is an herbaceous perennial cactus belonging to the Cactaceae family.
The plant is native throughout Eastern and Central United States. The plant features a clump-like cactus with beautiful brilliant yellow flowers blooming from June to July.
#49 Primrose (Primula veris)
The Primrose or commonly known as the Cowslip is an herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennial of the Primulaceae family. The plant is native to most areas in temperate Asia and Europe.
During its blooming season, the primrose plant will feature yellow drooping flowers that are delicate, fragrant, and funnel-shaped. Enjoy its blooming from early April until late May!
#50 Roses (Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’)
Roses are the most popular and in-demand flower anywhere in the world. Also known as the Banksia Rose, this particular yellow Rose is a vigorous climbing plant native to China.
This popular yellow flower belongs to the Rosaceae family and is sometimes identified as deciduous shrubs. The plant features double-petalled soft yellow flowers blooming in clusters from May to June.
The flowers produce a slight fragrance similar to Violets.
#51 Snapdragon (Antirrhinum ‘Dulcinea’s Heart’)
The Snapdragon or Dragon flower is an herbaceous perennial of the Plantaginaceae family. It is native to the Mediterranean region ranging from Portugal to Turkey and all the way to Syria.
The ‘Dulcinea’s Heart’ hybrid is a flower that can withstand the winter. The plant grows up to 15 inches tall and produces tube-like dragon-shaped yellow flowers.
It first blooms during the late Spring until early Summer and will bloom again later in the Summer.
#52 Sunflower (Helianthus mollis)
This specific Sunflower can also go by the name Ashy Sunflower. It is an herbaceous perennial of the Aster family and is native to central and eastern North America.
These popular flowers have gained fame for their huge and brilliant yellow flower heads. It is composed of 15-30 rays of showy petals surrounding a brown center disk. The Ashy Sunflower blooms during the mid-season – from July to September.
#53 Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)
The Tansy isn’t a common garden flower you can come across. It is an herby perennial of the Aster family native to most of Asia and Europe.
Tansies are also known as Golden Buttons because of the button like flower heads on flower stalks blooming in the Summer.
#54 Tulip (Tulipa altaica)
Yellow Tulips are such beautiful flowers first blooming in early Spring. This yellow Tulip is Also known as the Altai Mountain Tulip and is a bulbous flowering plant from the Liliaceae family.
This specific Tulip is native to Siberia in Central Asia. The plant features a lovely cup-shaped flower with deep yellow petals and an outer shade of green and bronze. It is spectacular when in bloom!
#55 Water Lily (Nymphaea ‘Comanche’)
Water Lilies or Hard Water Lilies are aquatic herbaceous plants cultivated and adored worldwide. The Water Lily belongs to the Nymphaeaceae family and is native to most temperate and tropical regions around the world.
When continuously in bloom from May until early frost, the flower sits gracefully atop glossy green foliage on the surface of the water – opening in the day and closing at night. The flowers are cup-shaped, double-petalled, and yellow.
#56 Yarrow (Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’)
The yellow Yarrow also goes by other common names such as the Old Man’s Pepper or Devil’s Nettle. It is an herbaceous perennial of the Aster family native to the Northern Hemisphere.
The Yarrow features upright fern-like fragrant leaves and produces vivid mustard-yellow flowers blooming all throughout Summer. The plant will grow best under moist, well-drained soil and in warm climates.
#57 Yellow Bell (Tecoma stans)
The Yellow Bell or more sophisticatedly known as the Esperanza is a broadleaf evergreen flowering plant native to the West Indies, Mexico, and South America.
The plant belongs to the Bignoniaceae family and is sometimes also referred to as the Yellow Trumpet Bush. This flowering bush features trumpet-shaped flowers blooming from late spring until the early frost.
#58 Zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia ‘Classic’)
The lovely Zinnias are annual flower plants from the Aster family. These yellow blooms are also known as the creeping or Mexican Zinnia and are native to southwestern United States, Central America, and Mexico.
The Zinnias first bloom during mid-summer until the onset of an early frost. Its flowers feature a daisy-like appearance with bright yellow flowers on delicate thin stems.
There is an abundance of vibrant yellow flowers found all over the world. It is the perfect bloom for any happy occasion and brings about all the joys life has to offer.
When you see yellow plants, you are reminded of your favorite yellow flowers. It radiates the warmth of the sunshine and the beauty of every day – and hopefully, this list of beautiful flowers will help you choose the best yellow flower for your garden. One thing’s for sure, yellow flowers are truly such amazing flowers!