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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Cotinus
(koe-TY-nus)
Cotinus coggygria
(koe-TY-nus koe-GIG-ree-ah)
Cotoneaster
(kah-TONE-ee-ass-ter)
Cotoneaster adpressus
(kah-TONE-ee-ass-ter ad-PRESS-us)
Cotoneaster apiculatus
(kah-TONE-ee-ass-ter ah-pik-yew-LAY-tus)
Cotoneaster dammeri
(kah-TONE-ee-ass-ter DAM-mer-eye)
Cotoneaster horizontalis
(kah-TONE-ee-ass-ter hor-ih-zon-TAL-iss)
Cotoneaster microphyllus
(kah-TONE-ee-ass-ter my-kro-FY-lus)
Cotoneaster perpusillus
(kah-TONE-ee-ass-ter per-pew-SIL-us)
Crambe
(KRAM-bee)
Crambe cordifolia
(KRAM-bee kor-dih-FOE-lee-ah)
Crambe maritima
(KRAM-bee mah-RIT- ih-mah)
Crataegus
(krah-TEE-gus)
Crinum
(KRY-num)
Crinum bulbispermum
(KRY-num bul-bih-SPER-mum)
Crocosmia
(krow-KOZ-mee-ah)
Crocosmia X crocosmiiflora
(krow-KOZ-mee-ah krow-koz-mee-ih-FLOOR-ah)
Crocus
(KROW-kus)
Crocus sativus
(KROW-kus sah-TY-vus)
Crocus speciosus
(KROW-kus spee-see-OH-sus)
Crocus vernus
(KROW-kus VER-nus)
Cryptomeria japonica
(krip-toe-MARE-ee-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Cuphea llavea
(KOO-fee-ah LAY-vee-ah)
Cuphea micropetala
(KOO-fee-ah my-kro-PET-ah-lah)
Cupressus
(koo-PRESS-us)
Cupressus arizonica var. glabra
(koo-PRESS-us air-ih-ZON-ih-kah variety GLAB-rah)
Cupressus macrocarpa
(koo-PRESS-us mak-roe-KAR-pah)
Cupressus sempervirens
(koo-PRESS-us sem-per-VEER-enz)
Curculigo capitulata
(kur-KOO-lih-go kah-pit-yew-LAY-tah)
Curcuma
(kur-KOO-mah)
Curcuma alismatifolia
(kur-KOO-mah ah-liss-mat-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Cyathea australis
(sy-ATH-ee-ah oss-TRAL-iss)
Cyclamen coum
(SIK-lah-men KOE-um)
Cyclamen hederifolium
(SIK-lah-men hed-er-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Cynara cardunculus
(sih-NAR-ah kar-DUN-kew-lus)
Cynara scolymus
(sih-NAR-ah sko-LEE-mus)