Plants with Yellow or Orange Flowers

Plants with yellow or orange flowers are a pretty diverse bunch, but there are some key families that contain a large number of the species. The daisy family is a good place to start as it contains some large groups, such as the dandelions and allies. Other important groups include the st. John's-worts, buttercups, brassicas and trefoils.

As well as flower colour, it is important to take careful note of the exact petal shape - are the petals rounded, or do they came to a sharp point, for example; are there gaps between the petals or do they overlap; are the flowers solitary, or arranged in spikes or bunches.

Within the colour sections, the pictures are grouped so that similar-looking (though not necessarily closely-related) plants will be near each other. This should help to reduce your search time. To keep things concise, not all species are shown in the colour keys, so you may have to go for a 'best match' to get you through to the next stage of the identification process. Particularly in large families where there are a number of very similar species, a representative species is shown here, but clicking on it will take you to a page that tells you how to tell the more difficult species apart.

Many plants will be obviously one colour or another, obviously five petalled, or obviously a woody shrub, etcetera. But many will be debatable. In such cases, I have tried to imagine how a flower might be perceived by others, especially beginners to plant identification. Generally this results in a plant appearing in more than one place on these pages, but some still remain problematic. In particular, the section labelled 'tubular flowers' contains a variety of flowers that might be considered to fall into that category and these generally have petals that are fused together to fully surround the sexual parts of the flower. But these tubes might be elongate like a pencil, or broad and bell-like. Flowers of two colours are entered under the colour that covers most of the flower, but truly bicoloured flowers may be entered under both colours. Woody plants with green stems that might not be considered woody, are entered under their flower colour or shape, as well as under the woody plants sections.

If you still can't find your plant, you either have something very interesting that you may wish to tell me about, or I just haven't got a picture of it yet - I'm still working on the latter!!

Click on the pictures below to go to the species pages.

No Petals
Lesser Meadow-rue Pineappleweed Buttonweed Nodding Bur-marigold
Meadow-rues

Daisy Family

Daisy Family

Daisy Family

Sea Aster Slender Hare's-ear
Daisy Family

Umbellifers

Three Petals
Yellow Iris Stinking Iris
Irises

Irises

Four Petals
Yellow Horned-poppy Californian Poppy Atlas Poppy Common Evening-primrose
Poppies

Poppies

Poppies

Evening-primroses

Common Tormentil Wallflower Wild Radish Greater Celandine
Tormentils

Wallflowers

Cabbage Family

Greater Celandine

Cabbage Small Alison Crosswort Lady's Bedstraw
Cabbage Family

Small Alison

Crosswort

Bedstraws

Opposite-leaved Golden-saxifrage Hybrid Barrenwort Flixweed
Golden-saxifrages

Barrenworts

Cabbage Family

Five Petals
Large Nasturtium Common Hollyhock Common Rock-rose Meadow-foam
Nasturtiums

Hollyhocks

Common Rock-rose

Meadow-foam

Prickly Mallow
Prickly Mallow

Creeping Buttercup Creeping-Jenny Common Primrose Dark Mullein
Buttercups

Creeping-Jenny

Primroses

Mulleins

Marsh St John's-wort Marrow Kerria Common Monkeyflower
Marsh St John's-wort

Gourds & Cucumbers

Kerria

Monkeyflowers

Dotted Loosestrife Common Purslane Hoary Mullein Sulphur Cinquefoil
Loosestrifes

Common Purslane

Mulleins

Cinquefoils

Yellow Pimpernel Fringed Water-lily Perforate St John's-wort Rose-of-Sharon
Yellow Pimpernel

Fringed Water-lily

St John's-worts

Tutsans

Velvetleaf
Velvetleaf

Lesser Spearwort Procumbent Yellow-sorrel Celery-leaved Buttercup Fern-leaved Beggarticks
Spearworts

Yellow-sorrels

Buttercups

Beggarticks
& Allies

Common Fiddleneck Common Gromwell Biting Stonecrop Common Broom
Fiddlenecks

Gromwells

Stonecrops

Brooms & Gorses

Common Bird's-foot-trefoil Breckland Pansy
Vetches & Trefoils

Pansies

Six Petals
Montbretia Orange Day-lily California Yellow-eyed-grass Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem
Montbretia

Orange Day-lily

Yellow-eyed-grasses

Yellow
Star-of-Bethlehem

Common Winter Aconite Gesner's Tulip Yellow Crocus Common Daffodil
Winter Aconite

Tulips

Crocuses

Daffodils

Stinking Iris Yellow Iris
Irises

Irises

More Than Six Petals
Yellow-wort Lesser Celandine Lesser Celandine Lesser Celandine
Yellow-wort

Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine

Lesser Celandine

Black-eyed-Susan Common Ragwort Common Marigold Pale Yellow-eyed-grass
Daisy family

Daisy family

Daisy family

Yellow-eyed-grasses

European Yellow Water-lily Atlas Poppy Double-flowered Daffodil Kerria
Water-lilies

Poppies

Daffodils

Kerria

Common Hollyhock Rose-moss Orange Fox-and-cubs Niger
Hollyhocks

Rose-moss

Aster Family

Niger

Many-rayed Flowers
Giant Knapweed Broad-leaved Hawkweed Colt's-foot Common Leopard's-bane
Yellow Knapweeds

Daisy family

Daisy family

Daisy family

Downy Safflower
Safflowers

Tubular Flowers (petals fused into a tube-like form)
Yellow Skunk-cabbage Common Birthwort Straw Foxglove Spring Crocus
Yellow
Skunk-cabbage

Birthworts

Foxgloves

Crocuses

Orange Balsam Small Balsam Marvel-of-Peru Common Cowslip
Balsams

Balsams

Marvel-of-Peru

Common Cowslip

Common Monkeyflower Trailing Snapdragon Wood Germander Common Toadflax
Monkeyflowers

Snapdragons

Germanders

Toadflaxes

Yellow Figwort Large-flowered Hemp-nettle Yellow Archangel Yellow Bartsia
Yellow Figwort

Dead-nettle family

Dead-nettle family

Broomrape family

Lesser Yellow Rattle Common Cow-wheat Yellow Corydalis Greater Bladderwort
Broomrape family

Broomrape family

Yellow Corydalis

Bladderworts

Sea Aster Heath Groundsel Great Lettuce
Daisy family

Daisy family

Daisy family

Many-flowered Heads
Straw Foxglove
Foxgloves

Montbretia Bunch-flowered Daffodil Pale Yellow-eyed-grass Common Agrimony
Montbretia

Daffodils

Yellow-eyed-grasses

Agrimonies

Common Kidney Vetch Yellow Corydalis Hop Trefoil Lesser Meadow-rue
Common Kidney Vetch

Yellow Corydalis

Trefoils

Meadow-rues

Common Hollyhock Golden Alison Crosswort Wild Mignonette
Hollyhocks

Alisons

Crosswort

Mignonettes

Rhubarb Giant Scabious Common Tansy Hungarian Mullein
Rhubarbs

Scabiouses

Tansies

Mulleins

Common Fennel Early Goldenrod Common Ragwort Jerusalem Sage
Umbellifers

Daisy family

Daisy family

Sages

Woody Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
American Tulip-tree Stinking Tutsan Kerria Winter Jasmine
American Tulip-tree

St John's-worts

Kerria

Winter Jasmine

Common Forsythia Kerria Orange-ball-tree Jerusalem Sage
Forsythias

Kerria

Butterfly-bushes

Sages

Common Laburnum Tree Lupin Common Broom Yellow Azalea
Laburnums

Tree Lupin

Brooms & Gorses

Azaleas

Wilson's Honeysuckle Common Barberry Darwin's Barberry Common Oregon-grape
Honeysuckles

Barberries

Barberries

Oregon-grapes

Norway Maple Sycamore Cornelian-cherry Buffalo Currant
Maples

Maples

Cornelian-cherry

Currants

Wireplant Bog Myrtle Common Hazel
Wireplant

Bog Myrtle

Hazels,
birches and alders