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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Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
(BET-ew-lah YEW-til-iss variety jak-ah-MON-tee-eye)
Bidens
(BY-denz)
Bidens aristosa
(BY-denz ar-iss-TOE-sah)
Billbergia
(bil-BERG-ee-ah)
Blechnum
(BLEK-num)
Blechnum spicant
(BLEK-num SPEE-kant)
Boltonia
(bol-TONE-ee-ah)
Boltonia asteroides
(bol-TONE-ee-ah ass-ter-OY-deez)
Borago
(bor-AY-go)
Borago officinalis
(bor-AY-go oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Bougainvillea
(boo-gan-VIL-lee-ah)
Bouteloua
(boo-tel-LOO-ah)
Bouteloua gracilis
(boo-tel-LOO-ah grah-SIL-iss)
Brachycome
(brah-KIK-oh-mee)
Brachyglottis
(brak-ee-GLOT-iss)
Brassica
(BRASS-ih-kah)
Brassica juncea
(BRASS-ih-kah JUN-see-ah)
Brassica oleracea
(BRASS-ih-kah oh-ler-AY-see-ah)
Brassica oleracea var. acephala
(BRASS-ih-kah oh-ler-AYsee-ah variety ah-SEF-ah-lah)
Breynia
(BRAY-nee-ah)
Breynia disticha
(BRAY-nee-ah DISS-tih-kah)
Brillantaisia subulugurica
(brill-lan-TAY-see-ah suh-boo-loo-GOOR-ih-kah)
Brodiaea californica
(bro-DY-ah kal-ih-FOR-nih-kah)
Broussonetia papyrifera
(broos-son-ET-ee-ah pap-ih-RIF-er-ah)
Broussonetia
(broos-son-ET-ee-ah)
Browallia
(bro-WAL-ee-ah)
Browallia americana
(bro-WAL-ee-ah ah-mer-ih-KAY-nah)
Browallia speciosa
(bro-WAL-ee-ah spee-see-OH-sah)
Brugmansia
(brug-MAN-see-ah)
Brugmansia aurea
(brug-MAN-see-ah OR-ee-ah)
Brugmansia suaveolens
(brug-MAN-see-ah swah-vee-OH-lenz)
Brunnera
(brun-ERR-ah)
Brunnera macrophylla
(brun-ERR-ah mak-roe-FY-lah)
Buchloe dactyloides
(buk-LOW-ee dak-til-OY-deez)
Buddleia
(BUD-lee-ah)
Buddleia alternifolia
(BUD-lee-ah all-ter-nih-FOE-lee-ah)