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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Hippeastrum
(hip-ee-ASS-trum)
Hippeastrum X johnsonii
(hip-ee-ASS-trum ex jon-SO-nee-eye)
Hosta
(HOSS-tah)
Hosta kikutii
(HOSS-tah kih-KOOT-ee-eye)
Hosta nigrescens
(HOSS-tah nih-GRESS-senz)
Hosta plantaginea
(HOSS-tah plan-taj-in-EE-ah)
Hosta sieboldiana var. elegans
(HOSS-tah see-bold-ee-AY-nah variety EL-eh-ganz)
Hosta tokudama
(HOSS-tah toe-koo-DAH-mah)
Houttuynia cordata
(hoo-TY-nee-ah kor-DAY-tah)
Humulus lupulus
(HUME-yew-luss LOOP-yew-luss)
Hyacinthoides hispanica
(hy-ah-sin-THOY-deez hiss-PAN-ih-kah)
Hyacinthus orientalis
(hy-ah-SIN-thus or-ee-en-TAL-iss)
Hydrangea
(hy-DRAIN-jah)
Hydrangea arborescens
(hy-DRAIN-jah ar-bor-RES-senz)
Hydrangea arborescens ssp. radiata
(hy-DRAIN-jah ar-bor-RES-senz subspecies rad-ee-AY-tah)
Hydrangea macrophylla
(hy-DRAIN-jah mak-roe-FY-lah)
Hydrangea paniculata
(hy-DRAIN-jah pah-nik-yew-LAY-tah)
Hydrangea petiolaris
(hy-DRAIN-jah pet-ee-oh-LAR-iss)
Hydrangea quercifolia
(hy-DRAIN-jah kwer-sih-FOE-lee-ah)
Hydrangea serrata
(hy-DRAIN-jah ser-RAY-tah)
Hydrophyllum canadense
(hy-dro-FIL-lum kan-ah-DEN-see)
Hyericum kalmianum
(hy-PARE-ih-kum kal-mee-AY-num)
Hymenocallis
(hy-men-oh-KAL-lis)
Hymenocallis narcissiflora
(hy-men-oh-KAL-lis nar-sis-ih-FLOOR-ah)
Hymenoxys acaulis
(hy-men-OX-iss ah-KALL-iss)
Hymenoxys scaposa
(hy-men-OX-iss skap-OH-sah)
Hypericum
(hy-PARE-ih-kum)
Hypericum androsaemum
(hy-PARE-ih-kum an-dross-EE-mum)
Hypericum calycinum
(hy-PARE-ih-kum kal-ISS-in-um)
Hypericum frondosum
(hy-PARE-ih-kum fron-DOE-sum)
Hypericum X moserianum
(hy-PARE-ih-kum ex moesare-ee-AY-num)
Hyssopus officinalis
(hy-SO-pus oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)