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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Clematis X triternata
(KLEM-ah-tis ex try-TER-nay-tah)
Cleome hassleriana
(klee-OH-mee hass-ler-ee-AY-nah)
Cleome spinosa
(klee-OH-mee spin-OH-sah)
Clerodendrum
(klare-oh-DEN-drum)
Clerodendrum trichotomum
(klare-oh-DEN-drum trik-oh-TOE-mum)
Clethra
(KLETH-rah)
Clethra acuminata
(KLETH-rah ah-kew-min-AY-tah)
Clethra alnifolia
(KLETH-rah all-nih-FOE-lee-ah)
Clethra barbinervis
(KLETH-rah bar-bin-ER-vis)
Cleyera japonica
(CLAY-er-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Clivia
(KLY-vee-ah)
Clivia miniata
(KLY-vee-ah min-ee-AY-tah)
Cobaea scandens
(koe-BAY-ah SKAN-denz)
Codiaeum
(ko-dee-AY-um)
Codiaeum variegatum var. pictum
(ko-dee-AY-um vair-ee-eh-GAY-tum variety PIK-tum)
Colchicum
(KOHL-chi-kum)
Colchicum autumnale
(KOHL-chi-kum ot-um-NAL-ee)
Colchicum speciosum
(KOHL-chi-kum spee-see-OH-sum)
Colocasia
(kol-oh-KAY-shah)
Colocasia affinis var. jenningsii
(kol-oh-KAY-shah af-FIN-iss variety jen-NINGS-ee-eye)
Colocasia esculenta
(kol-oh-KAY-shah ess-kew-LEN-tah)
Colocasia gigantea
(kol-oh-KAY-shah jy-GAN-tee-ah)
Combretum fruticosum
(kom-BREE-tum frew-tih-KOE-sum)
Consolida ajacis
(kon-SOL-ih-dah ah-JAY-sis)
Convolvulus cneorum
(kon-VOLV-yew-lus nee-OR-um)
Convolvulus mauritanicus
(kon-VOLV-yew-lus mor-ih-TAN-ih-kus)
Cordia
(KOR-dee-ah)
Cordia parvifolia
(KOR-dee-ah par-vih-FOE-lee-ah)
Cordyline
(kor-dih-LYE-nee)
Cordyline australis
(kor-dih-LYE-nee oss-TRAL-iss)
Cordyline fruticosa
(kor-dih-LYE-nee frew-tih-KOE-sah)
Cordyline indivisa
(kor-dih-LYE-nee in-div-IZ-ah)
Coreopsis
(kor-ee-OP-sis)
Coreopsis auriculata
(kor-ee-OP-sis or-ik-yew-LAY-tah)
Coreopsis grandiflora
(kor-ee-OP-sis gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Coreopsis lanceolata
(kor-ee-OP-sis lan-see-oh-LAY-tah)