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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Geranium sanguineum
(jer-AY-nee-um san-GWIN-ee-um)
Geranium sanguineum var. striatum
(jer-AY-nee-um san-GWIN-ee-um variety stry-AY-tum)
Geranium sessiliflorum
(jer-AY-nee-um sess-sil-ih-FLOOR-um)
Geranium tuberosum
(jer-AY-nee-um too-ber-OH-sum)
Geranium versicolor
(jer-AY-nee-um VERS-ih-kul-or)
Geranium viscosissimum
(jer-AY-nee-um vis-koe-SIS-ihmum)
Geranium wallichianum
(jer-AY-nee-um wal-lik-ee-AY-num)
Geranium X cantabrigiense
(jer-AY-nee-um ex kan-tah-brig-ee-EN-see)
Geranium X magnificum
(jer-AY-nee-um ex mag-NIF-ih-kum)
Geranium X oxonianum
(jer-AY-nee-um ex oks-oh-nee-AY-num)
Geranium X riversleaianum
(jer-AY-nee-um ex riv-ers-lee-AY-num)
Geum triflorum
(JEE-um try-FLOOR-um)
Gillenia trifoliata
(gil-LEN-ee-ah try-foe-lee-AY-tah)
Gillia rubra
(GILL-ee-ah ROO-brah)
Ginkgo biloba
(GINK-oh by-LO-bah)
Gladiolus callianthus
(glad-ee-OH-lus kal-lee-AN-thus)
Gladiolus communis ssp. Byzantinus
(glad-ee-OH-lus kom-YEW-nis subspecies by-zan-TEEN-us)
Gladiolus tristis
(glad-ee-OH-lus TRISS-tiss)
Glechoma hederacea
(glay-KOE-mah hed-er-AY-see-ah)
Gleditsia triacanthos
(gled-IT-see-ah try-ah-KAN-thos)
Gomphrena globosa
(gom-FREE-nah glo-BO-sah)
Gomphrena haageana
(gom-FREE-nah haj-ee-AY-nay)
Goodyera pubescens
(good-YARE-ah poo-BESS-enz)
Gossypium herbaceum
(goss-SIP-ee-um her-BAY-see-um)
Gunnera manicata
(GUN-ner-ah man-ih-KAY-tah)
Gymnocladus dioica
(jim-NOK-lad-us dy-oh-EYE-kah)
Gypsophila elegans
(jip-SOF-il-lah EL-eh-ganz)
Gypsophila repens
(jip-SOF-ih-lah REE-penz)