You Are My Sunshine: Popular Types of Yellow Flowers

Yellow is considered the color of cheerfulness, optimism, and creativity. It’s also one of the colors most associated with summer. It’s no wonder then that people flock to yellow flowers, especially during fall and winter when colors can feel muted. Today, we’ll examine some popular types of yellow flowers and inject some summer into your day.



One of the most beloved yellow flowers, sunflowers are prized because they are large and tall, demanding ample attention. Sunflowers come in a variety of heights from three to twelve feet, so you don’t have to worry about them crowding out other blooms. These are annual flowers that need full sun at all times. Although yellow is the most recognized color, they also come in orange and red. Sunflowers attract birds, and their seeds make a quick, healthy snack.

Black-Eyed Susan

A relative of the daisy, this yellow flower is almost an inverse of its counterpart with yellow petals and a distinctive black center. These blooms come in annual and perennial varieties, are known for an unusually long blooming season, and are one of the first flowers to grow back if the garden is damaged. It has been named as the Maryland state flower and is a symbol of justice. The black-eyed Susan can be grown as a single blossom, but there is also a black-eyed Susan vine.


Daylilies come in several different colors, including yellow, and are some of the easiest flowers to grow. Many of them re-bloom, so ask your local nursery how to plant several daylilies with different blooming times together for a unique gardening experience. Daylilies come in several shapes, such as single and double blooms and spider or star-shaped blossoms. Some are particularly resistant to cold and heat, but others are fragile; research the hardiness of your lilies to find out how to care for them. Some daylily species are edible, popular in Chinese dishes.


Goldenrod is a fall-blooming plant with a striking gold shade. It grows in clumps and is great for attracting butterflies. Be aware that the ragweed versions can aggravate allergies, but the standard goldenrod rarely does so. That being said, you may get a summer or fall cold from this flower if you have sensitive sinuses. On the flip side, goldenrod also has several medicinal benefits. It’s often brewed in tea and can be used as a diuretic or pain reliever. It will not cure diabetes or liver disease, but can alleviate some of the symptoms. Goldenrod can also be used as a mouth rinse or “irrigation therapy.”


Yarrow is more commonly recognized as an herb than a flower. It’s also called millefoil or “thousand leaves” because of its multiple leaf divisions. It often grows wild in fields and meadows and has a long history as a healing plant. Scientists have discovered over one hundred chemical compounds in this plant, including amino acids. Today, it can be used to treat skin problems, rashes, hemorrhoids, and severe bleeding. However, it should be taken in small doses, and people with allergies should avoid it because of its close relation to ragweed. The blooms dry well and can be used for many crafts.

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Photographer Hans Braxmeier offered the photograph of Yarrow under a Creative Commons License on Pixabay