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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Cacalia atriplicifolia
(kah-KAL-ee-ah at-trih-pliss-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Caladium
(kah-LAY-dee-um)
Caladium bicolor
(kah-LAY-dee-um BY-kul-or)
Calamagrostis
(kal-ah-mah-GROSS-tiss)
Calamagrostis brachytricha
(kal-ah-mah-GROSS-tiss brak-ee-TRIK-ah)
Calamagrostis X acutiflora
(kal-ah-mah-GROSS-tiss ex ah-kew-tih-FLOOR-ah)
Calamintha
(kal-ah-MIN-thah)
Calamintha grandiflora
(kal-ah-MIN-thah gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Calamintha nepeta
(kal-ah-MIN-thah NEP-eh-tah)
Calanthe sieboldii
(kah-LAN-thee see-BOLD-ee-eye)
Calceolaria
(kal-see-oh-LAR-ee-ah)
Calendula officinalis
(kah-LEND-yew-lah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Calibrachoa
(kal-ih-brah-KOE-ah)
Callicarpa
(kal-lee-KAR-pah)
Callicarpa americana
(kal-lee-KAR-pah ah-mer-ih-KAY-nah)
Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii
(kal-lee-KAR-pah bo-din-ee-AIR-ee variety jer-ALL-dee-eye)
Callicarpa dichotoma
(kal-lee-KAR-pah dy-KOT-oh-mah)
Callirhoe involucrata
(kah-LEER-oh-ee in-vol-yew-KRAY-tah)
Callistemon
(kal-iss-TEM-on)
Callistemon citrinus
(kal-iss-TEM-on sih-TRY-nus)
Callistephus chinensis
(kal-LISS-tef-us chin-EN-sis)
Calluna
(kal-LOO-nah)
Calluna vulgaris
(kal-LOO-nah vul-GAR-iss)
Calocedrus
(kal-oh-SED-rus)
Calocedrus decurrens
(kal-oh-SED-rus day-KUR-enz)
Caltha palustris
(KAL-thah pah-LUSS-triss)
Calycanthus
(kal-ih-KAN-thus)
Calycanthus floridus
(kal-ih-CAN-thus FLOOR-ih-dus)
Calycanthus raulstonii
(kal-ih-KAN-thus rawl-STONE-ee-eye)
Camassia
(kah-MASS-ee-ah)
Camassia leichtlinii ssp. suksdorfii
(kah-MASS-ee-ah lekt-LIN-ee-eye subspecies sooks-DORF-ee-eye)
Camassia quamash
(kah-MASS-ee-ah KWAH-mash)
Camellia
(ka-MEE-lee-ah)
Camellia oleifera
(ka-MEE-lee-ah oh-lee-ih-FARE-ee-ah)
Camellia sasanqua
(ka-MEE-lee-ah sah-SAN-kwah)
Campanula
(kam-PAN-yew-lah)