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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Coreopsis rosea
(kor-ee-OP-sis ROSE-ee-ah)
Coreopsis tinctoria
(kor-ee-OP-sis tink-TOR-ee-ah)
Coreopsis verticillata
(kor-ee-OP-sis ver-tiss-ill-LAY-tah)
Coriandrum sativum
(kor-ee-AN-drum sah-TY-vum)
Cornus
(KOR-nus)
Cornus alba
(KOR-nus AL-bah)
Cornus alternifolia
(KOR-nus all-ter-nih-FOE-lee-ah)
Cornus canadensis
(KOR-nus kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Cornus controversa
(KOR-nus kon-tro-VER-sah)
Cornus florida
(KOR-nus FLOOR-ih-dah)
Cornus kousa
(KOR-nus KOO-sah)
Cornus mas
(KOR-nus mahs)
Cornus racemosa
(KOR-nus rass-ih-MOE-sah)
Cornus sanguinea
(KOR-nus san-GWIN-ee-ah)
Cornus sericea
(KOR-nus ser-ISS-ee-ah)
Cornus stolonifera
(KOR-nus sto-lon-IF-er-ah)
Cortaderia selloana
(kor-tah-DARE-ee-ah sel-oh-AY-nah)
Corydalis
(kor-ID-ah-liss)
Corydalis aurea
(kor-ID-ah-liss OR-ee-ah)
Corydalis cheilanthifolia
(kor-ID-ah-liss ky-lanth-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Corydalis curviflora var. rosthornii
(kor-ID-ah-liss kurv-ih-FLOOR-ah variety ros-THORN-ee-eye)
Corydalis elata
(kor-ID-ah-liss ee-LAY-tah)
Corydalis flexuosa
(kor-ID-ah-liss fleks-yew-OH-sah)
Corydalis linstowiana
(kor-ID-ah-liss lin-stow-ee-AY-nah)
Corydalis lutea
(kor-ID-ah-liss LOO-tee-ah)
Corydalis ochroleuca
(kor-ID-ah-liss oh-kro-LEW-kah)
Corydalis scouleri
(kor-ID-ah-liss SKOOL-er-eye)
Corydalis solida
(kor-ID-ah-liss SOL-ih-dah)
Corylopsis
(kor-ill-OP-sis)
Corylopsis glabrescens
(kor-ill-OP-sis glab-RESS-senz)
Corylopsis pauciflora
(kor-ill-OP-sis poss-ih-FLOOR-ah)
Corylus avellana
(KOR-ih-lus av-el-LAY-nah)
Cosmos
(KOZ-mose)
Cosmos atrosanguineus
(KOZ-mose at-tro-san-GWIN-ee-us)
Cosmos bipinnatus
(KOZ-mose by-pin-NAY-tus)
Cosmos sulfureus
(KOZ-mose sul-FUR-ee-us)