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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Dahlia
(DAH-lee-ah)
Dalea
(DAY-lee-ah)
Dalea frutescens
(DAY-lee-ah frew-TES-enz)
Dalea greggii
(DAY-lee-ah GREG-ee-eye)
Dalea purpurea
(DAY-lee-ah per-per-EE-ah)
Daphne
(DAF-nee)
Daphne odora
(DAF-nee OH-dor-ah)
Daphne X burkwoodii
(DAF-nee ex burk-WOOD-ee-eye)
Daphne X transatlantica
(DAF-nee ex tranz-at-LAN-tih-kah)
Darmera
(dar-MARE-ah)
Darmera peltata
(dar-MARE-ah pel-TAY-tah)
Dasylirion wheeleri
(daz-ih-LEER-ee-on WHEEL-er-eye)
Datura
(dah-TOOR-ah)
Datura metel
(dah-TOOR-ah MET-el)
Daucus carota
(DOK-us kah-ROT-ah)
Davidia involucrata
(dah-VID-ee-ah in-vol-yew-KRAY-tah)
Deinanthe bifida
(dee-in-AN-thee BIF-ih-dah)
Deinanthe caerulea
(dee-in-AN-thee sir-EW-lee-ah)
Delonix regia
(dee-LOW-niks REE-jee-ah)
Delosperma
(del-oh-SPER-mah)
Delosperma cooperi
(del-oh-SPER-mah KOOP-er-eye)
Delosperma nubigerum
(del-oh-SPER-mah new-bih- JEER-um)
Delostoma integrifolium
(del-oh-STO-mah in-teg-rih-FOE-lee-um)
Delostoma rosea
(del-oh-STO-mah ROSE-ee-ah)
Delphinium
(del-FIN-ee-um)
Delphinium elatum
(del-FIN-ee-um ee-LAY-tum)
Delphinium exaltatum
(del-FIN-ee-um eks-all-TAY-tum)
Dendranthema morifolium
(den-DRAN-theh-mah mor-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Dennstaedtia
(den-STET-ee-ah)
Dennstaedtia punctilobula
(den-STET-ee-ah punk-tih-LOBE-yew-lah)
Deschampsia
(des-KAMP-see-ah)
Deschampsia cespitosa
(des-KAMP-see-ah sess-pih-TOE-sah)
Deschampsia flexuosa
(des-KAMP-see-ah fleks-yew-OH-sah)
Desmodium glutinosum
(dez-MO-dee-um gloo-tin-OH-sum)
Deutzia
(DEWT-see-ah)
Deutzia crenata var. nakaiana
(DEWT-see-ah kren-AY-tah variety nah-KY-ah-nah)