Yellow is one of the most common and liked flower colors of gardeners and buyers alike. It’s jovial, bright, and sunny, and who wouldn’t love these traits?
But yellow flowers have deeper meanings and significance. And some of them you may not expect at all!
Let’s now delve a little bit into these fascinating yellow flowers and what they can stand for.
About Yellow Flowers
We see more yellow flowers bloom than any other hue of flowers all over the world—from the sun-baked, tropical islands of Asia to the super cold regions of Antarctica.
(You read that right—Antarctica! One of the only two flowering plants growing in the Antarctic region, the Antarctic pearlwort, blooms yellow.)
A scientific explanation for this is that flowering plants often contain the pigments carotenoids and anthocyanins. And a common combination of these pigments produces yellow.
Yellow Flowers Symbolism
In general, yellow flowers stand for friendship, joy, optimism, and hope. However, it can also have negative connotations, like rejection, disappointment, and jealousy.
Its meaning and symbolism differ depending on the yellow flower species in question. For example, yellow sunflowers mean intelligence, vigorousness, and bliss, and yellow hibiscus, represent cheerfulness, sunshine, and good luck.
So if you want to convey a certain message, you have to choose your yellow flowers well or mix them with other colors.
Yellow Flowers Meaning in the 18th to 19th Century
From the 18th to 19th centuries, the British were utterly fascinated with the different types of flowers. This led to the introduction of floriography or the “language of flowers.” This system designated specific meanings to different flowers.
This interpretation system can be used when giving flowers to a dear friend or a family member in order to convey a message or feeling. Below is a list of the floriography of some common yellow blooms:
|Yellow Flower||Floriography Meaning|
|Carnation||Disappointment or rejection|
|Jasmine||Grace or elegance|
|Honeysuckle||Affection and devotion|
Yellow Flowers Spiritual Meaning
Meanwhile, yellow flowers hold a spiritual meaning in Christianity. The Boswellia tree, which produces tiny yellow flowers, is an ingredient source of frankincense. In ancient times, frankincense was burned at temples as an offering to God.
On the other hand, Buddhism places importance on the yellow lotus or water lily. It signifies the bliss of spiritual enlightenment—of having succeeded in letting go of earthly desires, possessions, and outcomes.