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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Fagus sylvatica
(FAY-gus sil-VAT-ih-kah)
Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea
(FAY-gus sil-VAT-ih-kah forma per-per-EE-ah)
Fallugia paradoxa
(fal-LOO-gee-ah pare-ah-DOX-ah)
Farfugium
(far-FOO-jee-um)
Farfugium japonicum
(far-FOO-jee-um jah-PON-ih-kum)
Fargesia
(far-JEEZ-ee-ah)
Fargesia nitida
(far-JEEZ-ee-ah NIT-ih-dah)
Fatsia japonica
(FAT-see-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Festuca
(fess-TOO-kah)
Festuca glauca
(fess-TOO-kah GLOK-ah)
Festuca mairei
(fess-TOO-kah MARE-ee-eye)
Ficus carica
(FY-kus KAR-ih-kah)
Ficus elastica
(FY-kus ee-LASS-tih-kah)
Ficus lyrata
(FY-kus ly-RAY-tah)
Filipendula
(fil-ih-PEND-yew-lah)
Filipendula rubra
(fil-ih-PEND-yew-lah ROO-brah)
Filipendula ulmaria
(fil-ih-PEND-yew-lah ul-MAR-ee-ah)
Foeniculum
(foe-NIK-yew-lum)
Foeniculum vulgare
(foe-NIK-yew-lum vul-GAR-ay)
Forestiera neomexicana
(for-est-ee-AIR-ah nee-oh-meks-ih-KAH-nah)
Forsythia
(for-SITH-ee-ah)
Forsythia koreana
(for-SITH-ee-ah kor-ee-AY-nah)
Forsythia viridissima var. koreana
(for-SITH-ee-ah veer-ih-DISS-sih-mah variety kor-ee-AY-nah)
Forsythia X intermedia
(for-SITH-ee-ah exin-ter-MEE-dee-ah)
Fothergilla
(fah-ther-GILL-ah)
Fothergilla gardenii
(fah-ther-GILL-ah gar-DEN-ee-eye)
Fothergilla major
(fah-ther-GILL-ah MAY-jor)
Fouquieria
(fo-kwee-AIR-ee-ah)
Fouquieria columnaris
(fo-kwee-AIR-ee-ah kol-um-NAR-iss)
Fouquieria splendens
(fo-kwee-AIR-ee-ah SPLEN-denz)
Fragaria
(frah-GAR-ee-ah)
Fragaria vesca
(frah-GAR-ee-ah VES-kah)
Fragaria virginiana
(frah-GAR-ee-ah ver-jin-ee-AY-nah)
Franklinia
(frank-LIN-ee-ah)
Franklinia alatamaha
(frank-LIN-ee-ah ah-lah-tah-MAH-hah)
Fraxinus americana
(FRAKS-in-us ah-mer-ih-KAY-nah)