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30 Types of Yellow Flowers (A to Z Photos and Info)

Some of the most popular yellow flowers.

Here's a collection of my favorite 30 yellow flowers. I sat down and started listing out my favorite yellow flowers and couldn't stop. Before I knew it I had a list of 30 stunning options with photos. This is your ultimate guide to yellow flowers.

Daffodils are perhaps the best-known yellow flower, but it sure ain’t the only one.  In fact, there are many popular yellow flowers you can plant in your yard.

We decided to put together a list of our 30 favorite yellow flowers organized alphabetically.  This is one vibrant, fun post… not to mention absolutely stunning to look at.  Enjoy!

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A. Shades of Yellow Chart

Let’s kick off with a chart setting out many shades of yellow.  Note, this chart does not set out every shade of yellow – just a spectrum.

Shades of yellow color chart

B. 30 Types of Pretty Yellow Flowers

Next up is our picks for the best, as in prettiest, yellow flowers.

1. Begonia

A bunch of bright Begonias.

Scientific Name: Begonia obliqua

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full sunlight to partial shade, depending on the variety

Water Needs: High – water regularly and keep the soil moist

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 10

Soil: pH 5.5 – 6.2

2. Birds of Paradise

Dark-yellow Strelitzias.

Scientific Name: Strelitzia

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun

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Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11

Soil: pH  6.0 – 6.5

3. Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susans in a green field.

Scientific Name: Rudbeckia

Type: Annual

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs: Moderate – provide enough water to soak the roots

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 7

Soil: pH 6.8 – 7.7

4. Bulbine

Close-up view of a Bulbine.

Scientific Name: Bulbine frutescens

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: High – water regularly but don’t overwater

Hardiness Zones:  9 to 11

Soil: pH  6.1 – 7.8

5. Carolina Yellow Jasmine (Jessamine)

Beautiful yellow Jessamines.

Scientific Name: Gelsemium sempervirens

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 7 to 9

Soil: pH 4.9 – 8.3

6. Chrysanthemum

Bright and yellow Chrysanthemums.

Scientific Name: Chrysanthemum morifolium

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: around pH 6.5

7. Coreopsis

Coreopsis in a backyard.

Scientific Name: Coreopsis

Type: Perennials

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: High- water regularly until established

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: < pH 6.8

8. Craspedia

Craspedia

Scientific Name: Craspedia globosa

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs:  Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11

Soil: pH 5.8 to 6.5

9. Daffodil

Daffodils are perhaps the most famous yellow flowers.  Their three-dimensional blooms along with the fact that they are a sign that spring has sprung makes them popular.  I love seeing a yard full of blooming daffodils. It’s too bad the blooms don’t last long.

Blooming Daffodils in an early spring.

Scientific Name: Narcissus

Type: Perennials

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: High – need lots of water while growing

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.0

10. Daisy

Daisies are some of the smaller yellow flowers you can plant.

Picturesque field of Yellow Daisies.

Scientific Name: Bellis perennis

Type: Perennial, but is often treated as an annual flower

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0 to 7.0

11. Daylily

Close-up view of a fully-bloomed daylily.

Scientific Name: Hemerocallis

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs:  High –  watering is most important during Spring and Summer

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0 to 6.5

12. Dutch Hyacinth

Yellow Dutch Hyacinths in an evergreen field.

Scientific Name: Hyacinthus orientalis

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs: High 

Hardiness Zones: 10 – 11

Soil: pH 6.6 to 7.5

13. Freesia

Yellow Freesia flowers looking bright and gorgeous.

Scientific Name:  Freesia spp.

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs: Moderate – enough water to keep the soil moist

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 10

Soil: pH 5.5 – 6.5

14. Goldenrod

Bright Goldenrod flowers.

Scientific Name: Solidago

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs: Low – drought tolerant, needs minimal amount of water

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9

Soil: pH 5.5 – 7.5

15. Graham Thomas Rose

Graham Thomas Roses in a soft, yellow tone.

Scientific Name: Rosa

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs: High

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9

Soil: pH 5.6 – 6.0

16. Jungle Geranium

As you can see jungle geranium is made up of small yellow flowers.

Jungle Geraniums in a forest.

Scientific Name: Ixora coccinea

Type: Annual Shrub

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: Moderate – water during active growth period

Hardiness Zones:  10 to 11

Soil: pH 5 – 5.5

17. Marigold

A field full of bright marigolds.

 

Scientific Name: Tagetes

Type: Annual

Sun: Full Sunlight to Partial Shade

Water Needs: Low – once per week but more during warmer months

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.5

 

 

18. Prickly Pear (with Yellow Flowers)

Prickly Pear with fully-bloomed yellow flowers.

Scientific Name: Opuntia humifusa

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: Low – once every two to three weeks

Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11

Soil: pH 6.1 – 7.8

19. Primrose

A bunch of yellow primroses in the garden.

Scientific Name: Primula vulgaris

Type: Either annual or perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: High

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 8

Soil: pH 5.5 – 6.5

20. Ranunculus

A field with yellow ranunculus flowers.

Scientific Name: Ranunculus

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: Low – once a week until fall comes around

Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11

Soil: pH  6.0 – 6.5

21. Snapdragon

Light yellow snapdragons.

Scientific Name: Antirrhinum

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 8 or 9

Soil: pH 5.5 – 6.2

22. Sunflower

The mighty sunflower is definitely a tall yellow flower, if not the tallest.

Fully-bloomed sunflowers in a field.

Scientific Name: Helianthus

Type: Annual/Perennial

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: Moderate – drought tolerant but grows better if watered regularly

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0 – 7.5

23. Waterlily

Pale yellow waterlily.

Scientific Name: Nyphaea hollandia

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun or Partial Shade

Water Needs: High

Hardiness Zones: 1 to 11

24. Yarrow

A field full of blooming yarrow flowers.

Scientific Name: Achillea

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: Low – low-maintenance and drought-tolerant

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: pH 4.7 – 8.0

25. Yellow Butterfly Bush

A closer view to the Yellow Butterfly Bush.

Scientific Name: Buddleia davidii

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 10

Soil: pH 5.5 – 7.0

26. Yellow Carnation

Top view of a yellow carnation in a pot.

Scientific Name: Dianthus caryophyllus

Type: Perennials

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Moderate – water once or twice weekly

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9

Soil: pH 6.7

 

27. Yellow Hibiscus

Hibiscus with Yellow petals and a reddish center.

Scientific Name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

Type: Annual

Sun: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Water Needs: High – needs large amount of water during blooming stage

Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8

Soil: < pH 7.0

28. Yellow Pansy

Healthy-looking yellow pansies.

Scientific Name: Viola pedunculata

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sunlight or Partial Shade

Water Needs: High – Needs to be watered regularly

Hardiness Zones: 7 and higher

Soil: pH 5.4 – 5.8

29. Yellow Tulip

Yellow tulips, like all tulips, make great bouquets for inside of your home as well.

A field of yellow tulips.

Scientific Name: Tulipa

Type: Perennial or Annual depending on the climate

Sun: Full Sunlight

Water Needs: Low

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 10

Soil: pH 6.0-7.0

 

30. Zinnia

A single, fully-bloomed zinnia.

Scientific Name: Zinnia elegans

Type: Annual

Sun: Full Sun

Water Needs:  Low

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 10

Soil: pH 5.5 – 7.5

C. Trees with yellow flowers

There are a good number of trees with yellow flowers. Here are my favorites.

1. Golden chain tree

Labrunum watereri 'Vossii" - Golden chain tree with yellow flowers
Laburnum watereri ‘Vossii” – Golden chain tree with yellow flowers

2. Acacia dealbata

Yellow flowers of acacia dealbata
Yellow flowers of acacia dealbata
Close up of yellow flowers on acacia dealbata tree
Close up of yellow flowers on acacia dealbata tree

3.  Cassia leptophylla tree

The bright yellow flowers of a Cassia leptophylla tree
The bright yellow flowers of a Cassia leptophylla tree

4. Yellow sibipiruna flowers (Caesalpinia peltophoroides)

yellow sibipiruna flowers (Caesalpinia peltophoroides)
Yellow sibipiruna flowers (Caesalpinia peltophoroides) apr24

D. Examples of cacti and succulents with yellow flowers

Pear cactus
Pear cactus
Prickly pears cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) with golden flowers
Prickly pears cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) with golden flowers
Cactus with a big yellow flower. Acanthocalycium griceum
Cactus with a big yellow flower. Acanthocalycium griceum
Hamato cactus
Hamato cactus
Purple Santa Rita Prickly Pear Cactus with Yellow Flowers
Purple Santa Rita Prickly Pear Cactus with Yellow Flowers
yellow petal Astrophytum cactus flower
Yellow petal Astrophytum cactus flower

E. Examples of a hanging basket with all yellow flowers (petunias)

Yellow petunias in hanging baskets

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