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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Cynoglossum amabile
(sin-oh-GLOS-sum ah-MAH-bil-ee)
Cyperus alternifolius
(sih-PEER-us all-ter-nih-FOE-lee-us)
Cyperus involucratus
(sih-PEER-us in-vol-yew-KRAY-tus)
Cyperus papyrus
(sih-PEER-us pah-PY-rus)
Cypripedium reginae
(sip-rih-PEE-dee-um REE-jin-ay)
Cyrtomium falcatum
(sir-TOE-mee-um fal-KAY-tum)
Cyrtomium fortunei
(sir-TOE-mee-um for-TOON-ee-eye)
Cytisus scoparius
(SIT-ih-sus sko-PAR-ee-us)