What Is a Common Plant with Yellow Flowers?

Marigolds with yellow flowers are common
Marigold flowers have yellow petals

Marigolds (Tagetes spp.) are one of the most common plants with gorgeous flowers in many shades of yellow. The flowers also come in other shades like mahogany red and orange. The most common species are African marigolds and French marigolds. These flowers have high value in various societies where they hold a significant symbolic meaning. 

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Common plants with yellow flowers

8 Yellow Flowers Names and Pictures 

The earth’s surface is full of lovely flowers in all shades and shapes in different seasons. The following are some of the most beautiful yellow flower names with pictures. 

Begonia (Begonia obliqua)

Picture of yellow Begonia blooms in pots
Begonia flowers are many colors, including yellow

It is an herbaceous perennial that bears lovely yellow flowers from winter through spring. The fragrant blooms are pendent and long-lasting. It performs best in full sun, but some varieties can withstand some shade. It appreciates well-drained moist soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.2. 

Carolina Yellow Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens)

6 petalled yellow Jasmine plant
Bright yellow Jasmine blooms

It is a flowering perennial that bears bright yellow flowers with green and red veins. Most of the flowers have five petals but sometimes can range between 3 and 9. 

  • It thrives in hardiness zones 7 -9
  • It does best in well-drained soil with 4.9 to 8.3 pH
  • It loves full sun, but it can bloom in partial shade
  • The lovely flowers appear from February to April 

Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)

Chrysanthemums - close up picture of flowers
The many-petalled ‘mums’ with yellow flowers

They are commonly referred to as the “mums” and are popular garden flowers. They are perennials that require moderate watering. It is best to plant them in summer or spring when the weather is warmer. 

  • It is best for hardiness zones 3 to 9
  • It flourishes in well-drained, almost neutral soil; 6.5 pH
  • They require full sun to bloom in autumn

Billy buttons (Craspedia)

Close up picture of Bill Buttons flower
Billy Buttons flowers look like a yellow globe

The flower grows as a whispy yellow bulb resting on top of thin stems. They are excellent perennial garden flowers. They need moderate water after their establishment. 

  • They are suitable for zones 8 to 11
  • They appreciate well-draining soil with a pH of 5.8 to 6.5
  • They love full sun but can survive partial shade
  • They display their lovely yellow bulbs all summer 

Daffodil (Narcissus)

Field of yellow dafodil flowers
The Daffodil is almost the definitive yellow flowers

Daffodils are popular perennials with three-dimensional yellow blooms famous for welcoming spring. They require a lot of water when growing. The flowers are short-lived.

  • They are favorites in hardiness zones 3 to 10
  • They flourish in slightly acidic to neutral soil; 6.0 to 7.0 pH
  • They blossom from late winter to early spring

Daisy (Bellis perennis)

Bunch of daisies growing in a field
Daisies with a yellow center are one of the most common flowers

They are flowering garden plants with small yellow flowers. Daisies are perennials, but many gardeners treat these flowers as annuals. 

  • They are best for hardiness zones 8 to 9 and require moderate water
  • They love slightly acidic to neutral soil with 6.0 to 7.0 pH
  • With the right conditions and full sun exposure, they bloom from April to June 

Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Yellow blooms of Daylily close-up
Daylily closeup showing the 8 yellow flower petals and red stamens

It is a perennial that bears large blooms with eight petals and showy stamens. The flower remains under the foliage until just before its bloom time. It requires a lot of water during spring and summer.

  • It is ideal for hardiness zones 3 to 10
  • It appreciates soil with 6.5 to 6.5 pH
  • It blooms from early spring until frost

Dutch Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis)

Hyacinth flower colors include yellow.
Delicate yellow hyacinth flower

It is an easy-to-grow perennial that blooms with beautiful yellow flowers once a year. It requires proper care and lots of water to come back every year.

  • It is suitable for hardiness zones 10 to 11
  • Its best soil pH is 6.6 to 7.5
  • It performs best in full sun but can survive some shade
  • It blossoms in spring 

Infographic – Five plants with yellow petals

5 plants with yellow blooms
5 of the many common yellow flowers

What Is the Spiritual Meaning of Yellow Flowers?

Yellow flowers bear significant symbolic meaning spiritually and religiously. Many eastern cultures consider yellow flowers as a sign of spiritual enlightenment. In Buddhism, yellow flowers symbolize spiritual growth and generosity. In Christianity, yellow flowers symbolize the gift of frankincense brought to Jesus. 

Do Yellow Flowers Mean Death?

While not all, some yellow flowers represent death in some cultures like Mexico. Like the black-eyed Susan, some particular flowers make an ideal gift to someone grieving. They are meant for encouragement to someone undergoing trying times. 

Chrysanthemum is famous for its beauty and represents positive vibes in some cultures like Asia; however, these flowers represent death in Europe. They are grown mainly by the gravesite, where they bloom with beautiful shades of yellow. They are also common in funeral bouquets in Europe. 

Yellow flowers also represent death in South Na Central America. Beautiful yellow blooms are used in decorating family gravesides. The people believe that the yellow flowers attract the spirits of their departed ones to come and spend time with family members. During the day of the dead celebrations, the people use yellow marigolds, giant sunflowers, and other yellow blossoms for decorations. 

Yellow Flowers Identification

When identifying yellow flowers, there are a few key things to consider. You need to look at the flower shape, the number of petals, shade, flower size, plant type, and cluster type. The type and shape of leaves can also help identify the type of flower. Another critical consideration is the blooming season; yellow flowers bloom in different seasons. 

Some flowers display brighter shades of yellow than others. Observing the visible characteristics is the easiest way to differentiate flowers. You can also consider the flower’s favorable growing conditions and habitat, whether it is a wildflower or garden bloom. 

Here are some yellow flowers with distinguishing features. 

Yellow flowers identification chart

Common name Scientific name Flower type Plant type Bloom season 
Yellow tulip Tulipa altaicaThe flowers appear as large bulbs in individual stands. Perennial when grown in its ideal conditions.It blooms in spring
Calla lily Zantedeschia aethiopicaThe flower has a trumpet shape and a single petal. Perennial They bloom between mid-summer and early fall if grown in spring.
Gerbera Daisy Gerbera jamesoniiThey are sizeable bright yellow with a saucer shape with five petals. Perennials They bloom from late spring through autumn.
Yarrow Achillea millefoliumSmall clusters of dome-shaped flowers. It is ¼-inch wide with 4 to 6 petals. Perennial They blossom in late spring or early summer. 
Buttercup flower  RanunculusThe flower is bright yellow with wide and round petals and a bright center. It has many petals, about 100 to 130. They are cool-season perennials.If you plant it in fall, it will blossom in late winter and early spring. 
Yellow butterfly bush Buddleja davidiiClusters of cone-shaped yellow flowers with four petals each. Perennials They flower from summer to autumn. 

What Is the Most Common Yellow Flower?

The common sunflower is one of the most common yellow flowers known worldwide. It is an annual plant native to North America. It bears a large bloom about 30 cm across with yellow petals surrounding a dark chocolate disk. They are easy to grow and maintain. There are many cultivars of sunflower today due to extensive hybridizing. 

Here are must-know facts about Helianthus annuus.

  • It grows about 3 to 10 feet tall and spreads up to 3 feet
  • It loves moderately fertile, moist, well-draining soil rich in humus and neutral to alkaline pH. It can survive in poor soils 
  • It blooms best in full sun exposure
  • Under the right conditions, it displays flowers from mid to late summer
  • It tolerates deer, drought, and dry soil and attracts bees, butterflies, and birds
  • It is excellent for beds and borders

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Are the Tiny Yellow Flowers in My Yard?

Common dandelions are the most common flowers in yards, lawns, and trails. Sometimes you might see meadow buttercups, hop clovers, or black medick, but they are not as common as dandelions. Dandelions are like lovely perennial weeds that will take over your yard and are native to Asia and Europe. Apart from being weeds, dandelions have many beneficial uses. 

The following are some facts about Taraxacum officinale.

  • A mature plant is 2 to 6 inches in height and width
  • They will thrive in any well-draining soil and have a neutral to acidic pH. Soil that is rich in nitrogen will yield healthy dandelions
  • They are perfect in hardiness zones 3 to 9
  • It loves full sun to bloom in spring

What Plant Is Tall with Yellow Flowers?

Forsythia (Forsythia spp.) is a tall deciduous shrub with bright yellow flowers with four petals. The flowers come before the leaves, mostly in early or mid-spring. It grows about 2 to 10 feet tall and spreads up to 3 to 5 feet. Its upright arching stems become covered with yellow blooms in spring. 

It is native to eastern Asia and Europe. To grow this plant in your hedges and borders, ensure full sun and loose, well-drained, medium moist soil. It can also tolerate partial shade.

What Is a Tall Yellow Daisy Like Flower?

Tickseed (Coreopsis) is a yellow flower that is similar in appearance to a daisy. It is native to N. America and grows in upright clumps. The daisy-like blooms appear in masses of showy bright yellow. 

Depending on the variety, a mature plant can be 2 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide. They bloom in summer and fall under the right conditions and full sun exposure. The flowers can appear in other shades like orange, red, white, or pink, depending on the type of Coreopsis.

Resources relating to common yellow flowers

33 Types of Yellow Flowers – ProFlowers Blog

34 Types of Yellow Flowers for a Beautiful Garden

43 Beautiful Yellow Flowers You Can Grow in Your Garden

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