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

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.

Some of the most popular 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.

Begonia is a flowering herbaceous perennial plant that has a yellow flower. The species Begonia rex group are the most well-known begonias. This includes Begonia ixioides and Begonia semperflorens, which are both popular ornamental plants. They have long, narrow leaves with their stems curving upwards at the ends and can reach between twelve and twenty-five inches in height.

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. Bird of Paradise

Dark-yellow Strelitzias.

A bird of paradise flower is a unique type of orchid. It is a pale yellow/orangy-yellow color.

Scientific Name: Strelitzia

Type: Perennial

Sun: Full Sun

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.

The black-eyed susan flower is a type of flower that has leaves, which are purple in color, and bright yellow petals. These flowers have wide flat petals and grow in an upward position on long stalks.

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.

This flower is a bright yellow color with green and red veins on it. It usually has 5 petals, but can range from 3-9.

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.

Chrysanthemums, aka “mums” are very popular yellow flowers commonly planted in gardens.  Since they do well with full sunlight, they make for a great garden flower.

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.

I simply love the appearance of the coreopsis flower with the stark contrast of bright yellow petals and dark red center.  Stunning.

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

Craspedia flowers look like whispy yellow balls or bulbs on thin stems.  A lush garden with these flowers would look like a fluffy bed of yellow.

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.

The strain of perennial flowering plant in the genus Hemerocallis is typically found once or twice a year. It produces large, eight-petalled flowers with showy stamens and usually remains well-hidden in its foliage until just before bloom.

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.

Hyacinths are very easy  to grow but they will only bloom once per year in the spring. If you give them the proper care, these beautiful flowers will bloom back again every year.

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.

These amazing flowers originated from Africa and most of them are can be found in South Africa. They bloom in the spring and need to be under 21 degrees Celsius.

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.

Goldenrods are mostly found in North America, they are the official state flower of Nebraska and Kentucky.

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.

These beautiful roses are very easy to grow and their blooms will last from spring to frost. They are a great addition to any garden in need of a simple way to get some extra colors added.

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.

Marigolds are an amazing addition to any garden,  they can grow up to 48 inches in height and will bloom in every season except for winter.

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.

Prickly Pears are part of the cactus family. The bloom between Spring and Summer and will typically yield 8-16 fruits with their blooms.

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.

This beautiful flower can bloom in December on mild winters but will typically bloom in March. These flowers grow in beautiful clusters that would be an amazing addition to any 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.

Ranunculus flowers are beautiful flowers, their blossoms look like roses and their petals are extremely thin. They grow in various tones of yellow so you will never get bored of looking at them.

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.

Snapdragons are low growing plants, they can get very bushy if they are taken care of correctly. You can get them to look their best by removing old flowers for new one’s to bloom.

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.

These amazing flowers are perfect for people with bodies of water in their garden that they’d like to decorate. They grow in various shades of yellow in the the form of a cup. Water Lillys are more prominent during the Summer months.

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.

Yarrows are a herb that can grow up to 70 CM tall. They are tall and slender with domed shaped clusters of flowers on the top.

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.

The Yellow Butterfly Bush looks beautiful in any garden. The flowers grow in clusters at the end of the stem, the flowers have an orange center with yellow petals around. They usually grow late in the summer.

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.

Carnations are usually a big flower that surrounds several smaller flowers growing lower on the stalk. Yellow carnations don’t have the best meaning out there but they would certainly look amazing in a garden.

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.

Yellow Hibiscus are trumpet shaped flowers, with the center of the flower always having unique colors that gradually turn yellow. These beautiful flowers are the official state flower of Hawaii.

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.

Yellow Pansies usually grow during spring or fall. Each Pansy grows in different shapes, their petals grow indifferent positions and their centers are dark, this gives them a very unique appearance when you have several blooming at the same time.

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.

We would recommend that you grow Zinnias in relatively big numbers, watching this bushy flowers blossom at the same time is a spectacle to witness. They will lighten up any garden with their bright colors.

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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