Yellow Lily

Yellow Lilly

Uncover Hidden Flowers meanings

For starters, the yellow lily is the perfect symbol for being happy. 

It’s mainly due to the hue of the color.  Regardless if it’s a pale shade of yellow, it’s still gives people a lighter heart to see them.  And it’s not that hard to spot a yellow lily.  They usually have huge blossoms that stand out. Because of it sheer size and striking color, people during the Victorian times get the feeling of like “walking on air” – something that can be associated today with teenage love or others call it puppy love.  

On the downside, the yellow lily also symbolizes falsehood.  This symbolism might have some roots in a Christian story that lilies were yellow until the Virgin Mary stooped down to pick the flower.  As soon as she touched the lily, it turned white.  It’s like the yellow shade that the lily has, was not its true color.  The color yellow is also associated with flirtation – which when you think of it is not far off from the word falsehood.

  • Name: Yellow Lily
  • Color: Yellow. Variations of color include light yellow to bright and bold yellow and also light yellow colored lilies with bold yellow to orange in the center of the petals.
  • Shape:  There are two ways that you can look at the yellow lily and depending on where you look at it from, it’s going to have a different shape.  On the sides where you can see the base of the flower, the yellow lily looks like a bell.  On the other hand, looking at the flower directly from the front, it looks like yellow star.
  • Fact:  There are more than 100 species of lilies.  These are mostly native to temperate parts of the world like in the northern hemisphere but there are also varieties that grow nicely in the northern subtropics.
  • Poisonous:  There are lilies that are toxic to humans and there are lilies that are toxic only to animals.
  • Number of Petals: Because the blossoms of the yellow lily are large, it’s easy to see that there are six petals for every flower.
  • Victorian Interpretation:  Gaiety is one of the symbols of the yellow lily.  It can also mean “I’m walking on air”.  Just like many yellow flowers that have negative meanings, the yellow lily has its fair share of negative connotations too. Yellow lily actually symbolizes falsehood.
  • Blossom Time:  Lilies like the yellow ones bloom in the spring.  They can start as early as April or May and continue blooming until September.


Although yellow seems to be a very cheerful color, it’s associated with many negative things.  Based on wedding superstition, it’s said that getting married with the yellow shade associated with the ceremony means that you’re ashamed of your groom.  On another note, it’s a blossom that also provides for protection.  In witch lore, it’s a flower that can break love spells – no matter how deep it is. 

  • The Shape:  Bell shapes and star shapes is what best describes the figure of a full blown yellow lily flower.
  • Petals:  Since the yellow lily is a huge flower, it also follows that it has huge petals.  The petals are slightly upturned giving it the shape of a star.
  • Numerology:  The lily, white or yellow gets a 22 for numerology.  It signifies a powerful force and leadership.
  • Color:  Yellow is a happy and cheery color.  But in the language of flowers, yellow has something to do with deceit or dishonesty and other negative meanings.

Herbalism and Medicine:  

Plants just like the lily is thought to have many medicinal properties.  Although still unproven, there are some that swear by the yellow lily being used as an antiseptic for wounds, an anti inflammatory for swelling and also treatment that helps with pain.

By Florance Saul
Aug 20, 2012