You’ve heard of people communicating by sending letters through horseback riders or even doves; but what about flowers? Did you know that in history, especially in the Victorian era, different types of flowers were used to send coded messages to people to reveal things that couldn’t be said out loud? 

For this reason, every flower was associated with a certain meaning. These meanings can differ depending upon various cultures so make sure you’re providing context for when you’re sending one to someone in your life.

Different types of yellow flowers and what they represent

When it comes to yellow colored flowers, the most common meanings linger around the words, positivity, joy, happiness, etc. However, most flowers hold deeper meanings than just that. So, let’s take a dive into this bright floral world and explore the language of yellow flowers.

  • Zinnia

Coming to you from the daisy family, Zinnia embodies positivity, productivity, and endurance because it survives the hot harsh weather and blooms into a beautiful flower. It’s also associated with the remembrance of friends so next time you miss a loved one, try painting/ drawing a yellow Zinnia on a card and sending it to them!

  • Sunflowers
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Sunflowers radiate joy and loyalty which makes them an important symbol of friendship. They also make the perfect flowers for décor in your living room or summer weddings. 

  • Marigold


From being associated with the beauty of the rising sun to the sheer coldness of death and jealousy, marigold has set a name for itself in various cultures. While in the middle ages, it was used as a love spell to attract people, modern-day marigolds speak a more positive language of optimism and success.

  • Lotus flower

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LOTUS Lotus is a common water plant and is the national flower of India. Lotuses are generally available in shades of bright pink and white. One of the characteristics of the lotus is that its petals open by dawn and close down slowly from afternoon to evening. This is a delicate flower which will surely be a fun and colorful addition to any garden. Lotus plants are adapted to grow in the flood plains of slow-moving rivers and delta areas. Stands of lotus drop hundreds of thousands of seeds every year to the bottom of the pond. While some sprout immediately, and most are eaten by wildlife, the remaining seeds can remain dormant for an extensive period of time as the pond silts in and dries out. Young lotus stems are used as a salad ingredient in Vietnamese cuisine.Lotus pip tea is consumed in Korea.The rhizomes of lotus are consumed as a vegetable in Asian countries, extensively in China and Japan: sold whole or in cut pieces, fresh, frozen, or canned Asian art a lotus throne is a stylized lotus flower used as the seat or base for a figure. It is the normal pedestal for divine figures in Buddhist art and Hindu art, and often seen in Jain art. Originating in Indian art, it followed Indian religions to East Asia in particular. Lotus flowers are also often held by figures. #flowerculture #indianflowers #lotus #sacredflower #photographylovers #photographer #flowerphotography #natureblogger #bloom #lotusflower #indiaphotography #flowersknowledge #flowerstalking

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Mostly cherished in the Buddhist culture as a symbol of purity and rebirth, this flower is also deemed very sacred with Hindus. However, on a more general aspect, the lotus’s energy is surrounded with creativity and knowledge. If you need a meditation session in between your studies, make sure you have some yellow lotuses around you to help clear your mind and aid in any decisions you might want to make. However, you might want to avoid this one if you’re going through a major change in life as that can induce anxiety.

  • Hellebores
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These late winter bloomers hold two very conflicting meanings. While on one hand, the flower symbolizes tranquility and peace; on the other is scandal and anxiety. 

  • Yellow roses


If hugs were flowers, they would be yellow roses. They are perfect for any occasion where you want to thank a friend, greet them, congratulate them, or wish them luck on their new endeavor! Not to mention, the color and aroma are beautiful and will be the perfect ray of sunshine in someone’s day.

  • Yellow lilies


This bell-shaped flower would not only make the perfect dress for Tinkerbell but is also the symbol of devotion or purity. Yellow Lilies in specific carry a lot of meanings from being associated with rebirth and motherhood in Greek mythology to symbolizing falsehood in Christianity. 

  • Calla Lily
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Trumpet-shaped yellow Calla Lilies symbolize gratitude. This can be gratitude towards your life, your family or friends, etc. Their shape is also associated with triumph which is backed up by their endurance as they can even grow in water and through frost. This makes them the perfect gift for a strong person in your life that you’re grateful for.

  • Mums (Chrysanthemum)


November blossoming mums are an expression of sympathy and sorrow. Going along with the gloomy winter theme, this flower can also be used to symbolize a neglected love or longevity for someone/ something.

  • Tulips
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The tulip flower most commonly represents new life since it blooms in spring. However, yellow tulips specifically, according to Victorians meant that someone’s smile was a beautiful, heartwarming, and radiating joy. So associate this flower with someone whose smile brightens up your day and maybe give them a bouquet of this since tulips are also generally associated with love. 

  • Jessamine
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Love, beauty, purity, and luck! Packed with a sweet aroma, this flower is the perfect little package for all things good.

  • Carnations


On one hand, these pompoms looking yellow flowers commonly symbolize disappointment and rejection, which makes them the perfect flower to give out for the end of a relationship. On the other hand, they can also be used to help your body de-stress by various teas or oils.

  • Craspedia
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Being a symbol of good health, this might be the flower to send to a sick loved one!

  • Gerbera Daisy
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Diving back into the world of joy and celebration of life, yellow gerbera daisies are the perfect representation of working through hardship and are the go-to gift if you want to extend your support to someone. 

  • Daffodils
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Since it’s one of the first flowers to bloom after winter and it’s blooming also coincides with the Chinese New Year, this is the perfect flower to symbolize rebirth. A new era can mean the time of self-reflection and setting out personal goals, finding inspiration for how you want to continue leading your life, and practicing forgiveness towards those who have wronged you. It’s also used as the symbol of 10th year anniversaries in the US.

  • Yarrow
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Yellow yarrows are associated with healing and inspiration. More often than not, emotional healing requires some sort of inspiration in the form of hope. So if you know someone in your life who’s holding out for hope while working through their struggles, send this to them to let them know there’s light at the end of every tunnel, and that you’re there for them!

  • Hibiscus
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Surprisingly, this flower’s name comes from a German word that means marshmallow! However, apart from the color symbolizing luck, joy, and positivity, this flower is also a very strong symbol of feminine energy. Its presence is supposed to curate a judgment-free environment for your soul to allow growth. This flower has also traditionally been associated with glory and romantic love.

  • Ranunculus


The perfect flowers to bring to a first date! Not only do their petals literally glow, but they’re also a very common symbol of physical attraction!

  • Coreopsis
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A more intense feeling than Ranunculus, Coreopsis symbolizes love at first sight. However, be careful when handing out this one as you wouldn’t want to scare your potential lover away!

  • Begonia
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There’s a general aura of caution surrounding Begonias. But along with warning people in your life to be cautious, they can also be used to wish them prosperity and wealth in new endeavors, whether they are business or personal. However, that’s not all because if you’re carrying guilt around, you might want to consider sending it to the person you’ve wronged to ease some of that and show them you’re sorry.

  • Yellow Dutch Hyacinth
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This bulbous plant has an interesting yet moving Greek mythology behind its name that gives it the meaning of grief or mourning. Not the most positive one in the bunch, this flower is also associated with jealousy when it comes to the color yellow.

  • Snapdragon
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Since it grows in rocky areas, snapdragon serves as the perfect symbol of strength and grace (from its beauty).

  • Goldenrod
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Its name signifies that the flower holds healing properties; whether that’s healing a broken heart or simply making someone feel safe again! Additionally, it can also be used as a symbol of fortune, growth (which usually comes with healing), encouragement yet moving forward with caution.

  • Pansy
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Pansy is another flower that holds a whole array of meanings, from mutual love and admiration to open-minded logical reasoning. It describes people who take their time to ponder over questions, consider all relative points, and then make their decisions. On the other hand, it can also be used to show support for someone going through a rough patch.

  • Prickly Pear


The flower on this cactus plant symbolizes hope and endurance which couldn’t be truer since it shows that even in the harshest of climates, something as beautiful as a flower can grow on a prickly cactus. It sends the message of never giving up!

  • Black-Eyed Susan
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Similar to the cacti, as Black Eyes Susans are very tolerant plants, and symbolize encouragement and motivation.

  • Primrose
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Primrose sums up young love in a flower. With the carefree mindset of the youth, to a deep ‘I can’t live without you’ type of passionate love, to inconstancy and bashfulness!

  • Iris
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Associated with royalty, this flower describes a passionate yet faithful love for someones significant other that’s coupled with a healthy dose of valor!

Create your perfect flower gift bouquet!

Now that you know what different flowers symbolize, the next time you want to extend support to someone or send a message over text, reconsider. Instead, send them the most appropriate flower (or a bouquet of different ones) with a card explaining the meaning behind it. Not only will it brighten up their day (unless it’s to let them know you’re breaking up), but will also add a nice pop of color to their homes!

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  1. Beatrice Twum Reply

    The opened Carnations is like a pink version of sun flowers….Thanks for the great job.

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