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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Carex siderosticha
(KARE-eks sid-er-oh-STIK-ah)
Carex tumulicola
(KARE-eks tum-ul-IK-oh-lah)
Carica papaya
(KARE-ih-kah pah-PY-ah)
Carpinus betulus
(kar-PY-nus BET-ew-lus)
Carpobrotus edulis
(kar-poe-BRO-tus ED-ew-lis)
Carya illinoinensis
(KAR-ee-ah il-lin-noy-NEN-sis)
Caryopteris
(kare-ee-OP-ter-iss)
Caryopteris divaricata
(kare-ee-OP-ter-iss div-air-ih-KAY-tah)
Caryopteris incana
(kare-ee-OP-ter-iss in-KAY-nah)
Caryopteris X clandonensis
(kare-ee-OP-ter-iss ex klan-don-EN-sis)
Castilleja integra
(kass-til-EE-yah in-TEG-rah)
Castilleja tenuis
(kass-til-EE-yah TEN-yew-iss)
Catalpa bignonioides
(kah-TAL-pah big-no-nee-OY-deez)
Catalpa speciosa
(kah-TAL-pah spee-see-OH-sah)
Catharanthus
(kath-ar-AN-thus)
Catharanthus roseus
(kath-ar-AN-thus ROSE-ee-us)
Caulophyllum thalictroides
(kawl-oh-FIL-lum thah-lik-TROY-deez)
Ceanothus
(see-ah-NO-thuss)
Ceanothus americanus
(see-ah-NO-thuss ah-mer-ih-KAY-nus)
Cedrus
(SEE-druss)
Cedrus atlantica f. glauca
(SEE-druss at-LAN-tee-kah forma GLOK-ah)
Cedrus deodara
(SEE-druss dee-oh-DAR-ah)
Cedrus libani
(SEE-druss LEE-bah-nee)
Celastrus orbiculatus
(sell-ASS-trus or-bik-yew-LAY-tus)
Celosia argentea
(sell-OH-see-ah ar-JEN-tee-ah)
Celosia cristata
(sell-OH-see-ah kris-TAH-tah)
Celosia spicata
(sell-OH-see-ah spih-KAY-tah)
Centaurea cineraria
(sen-TOR-ee-ah sin-er-AIR-ee-ah)
Centaurea cyanus
(sen-TOR-ee-ah sy-AN-us)
Centaurea macrocephala
(sen-TOR-ee-ah mak-roe-SEF-ah-lah)
Centaurea montana
(sen-TOR-ee-ah mon-TAN-ah)
Centranthus ruber
(sen-TRAN-thus ROO-ber)
Cephalanthus occidentalis
(sef-ah-LAN-thus ox-ee-den-TAL-is)
Cephalotaxus harringtonii
(sef-ah-lo-TAKS-us hair-ring-TOE-nee-eye)
Cerastium
(sir-ASS-tee-um)
Cerastium tomentosum
(sir-ASS-tee-um toe-men-TOE-sum)