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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Dodecatheon meadia
(doe-dee-KATH-ee-on MEE-dee-ah)
Doronicum orientale
(door-ON-ih-kum or-ee-en-TALL-ee)
Draba aizoides
(DRAH-bah eye-ZOY-deez)
Draba hispanica
(DRAH-bah hiss-PAN-ih-kah)
Dracaena
(drah-SEE-nah)
Dracaena marginata
(drah-SEE-nah mar-jin-AY-tah)
Drimys lanceolata
(DRIM-iss lan-see-oh-LAY-tah)
Dryopteris
(dry-OP-ter-iss)
Dryopteris celsa
(dry-OP-ter-iss SELL-sah)
Dryopteris crassirhizoma
(dry-OP-ter-iss krass-eer-iz-OH-mah)
Dryopteris erythrosora
(dry-OP-ter-iss er-ith-roe-SOR-ah)
Dryopteris filix-mas
(dry-OP-ter-iss fil-LIX-mahs)
Dryopteris lepidopoda
(dry-OP-ter-iss lep-id-oh-POE-dah)
Dryopteris marginalis
(dry-OP-ter-iss mar-jin-AL-iss)
Dryopteris tokyoensis
(dry-OP-ter-iss toke-yo-EN-sis)
Dryopteris wallichiana
(dry-OP-ter-iss wal-lik-ee-AY-nah)
Dryopteris X australis
(dry-OP-ter-iss ex oss-TRAL-iss)
Duranta
(doo-RAN-tah)
Duranta erecta
(doo-RAN-tah ee-REK-tah)
Dyckia
(DIK-ee-ah)
Dyckia fosteriana
(DIK-ee-ah foss-ter-ee-AY-nah)