Gardeners often lament that they feel intimidated about pronouncing the Latin names of plants. Keep in mind that pronunciation in any language is not always a hard-and-fast matter. If you can’t remember the preferred pronunciation of a plant name, just do your best—and say it with conviction!
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Abelia
(ah-BEE-lee-ah)
Abelia X grandiflora
(ah-BEE-lee-ah ex gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Abeliophyllum
(ah-bee-lee-oh-FY-lum)
Abeliophyllum distichum
(ah-bee-lee-oh-FY-lum DISS-tih-kum)
Abelmoschus
(ab-el-MOSH-us)
Abelmoschus manihot
(ab-el-MOSH-us MAN-ih-hot)
Abies fraseri
(AB-ee-ays FRAY-zer-eye)
Abies koreana
(AB-ee-ays kor-ee-AY-nah)
Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica
(AB-ee-ays lass-ee-oh-KAR-pah variety air-ih-ZON-ih-kah)
Abutilon
(ah-BEW-tih-lon)
Abutilon palmeri
(ah-BEW-tih-lon PALM-er-eye)
Abutilon pictum
(ah-BEW-tih-lon PIK-tum)
Acaena
(ah-SEE-nah)
Acaena inermis
(ah-SEE-nah ih-NER-mis)
Acalypha
(ak-ah-LY-fah)
Acalypha hispida
(ak-ah-LY-fah HISS-pih-dah)
Acalypha repens
(ak-ah-LY-fah REE-penz)
Acalypha wilkesiana
(ak-ah-LY-fah wil-kes-ee-AY-nah)
Acanthus
(ah-CAN-thus)
Acanthus mollis
(ah-CAN-thus MAWL-iss)
Acanthus spinosus
(ah-KAN-thus spin-OH-sus)
Acer
(AY-sir)
Acer barbatum
(AY-sir bar-BAY-tum)
Acer circinatum
(AY-sir sir-sin-AY-tum)
Acer griseum
(AY-sir GRIS-ee-um)
Acer japonicum
(AY-sir jah-PON-ih-kum)
Acer mandshuricum
(AY-sir mand-SHUR-ih-kum)
Acer palmatum
(AY-sir palm-AY-tum)
Acer palmatum var. dissectum
(AY-sir palm-AY-tum variety dy-SEKT-um)
Acer platanoides
(AY-sir plat-an-OY-deez)
Acer pseudoplatanus
(AY-sir soo-doe-PLAT-an-us)
Acer rubrum
(AY-sir ROO-brum)
Acer saccharinum
(AY-sir SAK-har-eye-num)
Acer saccharum
(AY-sir SAK-har-um)
Acer shirasawanum
(AY-sir sheer-ah-sah-WAHN-um)
Acer sieboldianum
(AY-sir see-bold-ee-AY-num)