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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Chrysanthemum morifolium
(kris-AN-theh-mum mor-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Chrysanthemum pacificum
(kris-AN-them-um pah-SIF-ih-kum)
Chrysanthemum paludosum
(kris-AN-them-um pal-oo-DOE-sum)
Chrysanthemum weyrichii
(kris-AN-them-um way-RIK-ee-eye)
Chrysocephalum apiculatum
(kris-oh-SEF-ah-lum ah-pik-yew-LAY-tum)
Chrysogonum virginianum
(kris-SOG-oh-num ver-jin-ee-AY-num)
Chrysogonum virginianum var. australe
(kris-SOG-oh-num ver-jin-ee-AY-num variety oss-TRAL-ee)
Chrysogonum virginianum var. virginia
(kris-SOG-oh-num ver-jin-ee-AY-num variety ver-jin-ee-AY-num)
Chrysothamnus nauseosus
(kris-oh-THAM-nus naw-see-OH-sus)
Cimicifuga racemosa
(sim-ih-sih-FEW-gah rass-ih-MO-sah)
Cimicifuga ramosa
(sim-ih-sih-FEW-gah rah-MOE-sah)
Cimicifuga simplex
(sim-ih-sih-FEW-gah SIM-plex)
Cissus
(SIS-us)
Cissus discolor
(SIS-us DIS-kul-or)
Cistus
(SIS-tus)
Cistus albidus
(SIS-tus AL-bih-dus)
Cistus ladanifer
(SIS-tus lah-DAN-ih-fer)
Citrullus lanatus
(sih-TRUL-lus lah-NAY-tus)
Citrus limon
(SIH-trus LEE-mon)
Cladrastis lutea
(klad-RAS-tus LOOT-ee-ah)
Claytonia virginica
(klay-tone-ee-AY-nah ver-JIN-ih-kah)
Clematis
(KLEM-ah-tis)
Clematis alpina
(KLEM-ah-tis al-PINE-ah)
Clematis armandii
(KLEM-ah-tis ar-MAHN-dee-eye)
Clematis crispa
(KLEM-ah-tiss KRIS-pah)
Clematis heracleifolia var. davidiana
(KLEM-ah-tiss her-ah-klee-ih-FOE-lee-ah variety dah-vid-ee-AY-nah)
Clematis hexapetala
(KLEM-ah-tiss heks-ah-PET-ah-lah)
Clematis integrifolia
(KLEM-ah-tis in-teg-rih-FOE-lee-ah)
Clematis macropetala
(KLEM-ah-tiss mak-roe-PET-ah-lah)
Clematis maximowicziana
(KLEM-ah-tiss max-ihmo-wik-zee-AY-nah)
Clematis paniculata
(KLEM-ah-tiss pah-nik-yew-LAY-tah)
Clematis pitcheri
(KLEM-ah-tiss PITCH-er-eye)
Clematis tangutica
(KLEM-ah-tiss tan-GOO-tih-kah)
Clematis terniflora
(KLEM-ah-tiss ter-nih-FLOOR-ah)
Clematis texensis
(KLEM-ah-tis teks-EN-sis)
Clematis viticella
(KLEM-ah-tis vih-tih-SELL-ah)