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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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
(sir-at-oh-STIG-mah plum-baj-in-OY-deez)
Ceratotheca triloba
(sir-at-oh-THEE-kah try-LOW-bah)
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
(sir-sid-ih-FIL-um jah-PON-ih-kum)
Cercidiphyllum japonicum f. pendulum
(sir-sid-ih-FIL-um jah-PON-ih-kum forma PEND-yew-lum)
Cercis canadensis
(SIR-sis kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Cercis chinensis
(SIR-sis chin-EN-sis)
Cercocarpus montanus
(ser-koe-KAR-pus mon-TAN-us)
Cerinthe major
(sir-IN-thee MAY-jor)
Chaenomeles speciosa
(key-NOM-el-eez spee-see-OH-sah)
Chaenomeles X superba
(key-NOM-el-eez ex soo-PER-bah)
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana
(kam-ah-SIP-ar-iss law-so-nee-AY-nah)
Chamaecyparis nootkatensis
(kam-ah-SIP-ar-iss newt-kah-TEN-sis)
Chamaecyparis obtusa
(kam-ah-SIP-ar-iss ob-TOO-sah)
Chamaecyparis pisifera
(kam-ah-SIP-ar-iss piss-IF-er-ah)
Chamaecyparis thyoides
(kam-ah-SIP-ar-iss thee-OY-deez)
Chamaemelum nobile
(kam-ah-MEL-um NO-bih-lay)
Chamaerops humilis var. cerifera
(kah-MEER-ops HEW-miliss variety sir-IF-er-ah)
Chasmanthium latifolium
(kaz-MAN-thi-um lat-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Chelone lyonii
(kee-LO-nay ly-OH-nee-eye)
Chelone obliqua
(kee-LO-nay ob-LEE-kwah)
Chilopsis linearis
(kil-OP-sis lin-ee-AR-iss)
Chimonanthus praecox
(chim-oh-NAN-thus PRAY-kox)
Chionanthus retusus
(kee-oh-NAN-thuss reh-TOO-sus)
Chionanthus virginicus
(kee-oh-NAN-thuss ver-JIN-ih-kus)
Chionodoxa forbesii
(kee-on-oh-DOKS-ah for-BESS-ee-eye)
Chionodoxa luciliae
(kee-on-oh-DOKS-ah loo-SILL-ee-ay)
Choisya ternata
(CHOY-zee-ah ter-NAY-tah)
Chrysanthemum coronarium
(kris-AN-theh-mum kor-on-AR-ee-um)