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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Ipomoea alba
(eye-poe-MEE-ah AL-bah)
Ipomoea batatas
(eye-poe-MEE-ah bah-TAH-tass)
Ipomoea lobata
(eye-poe-MEE-ah lo-BAY-tah)
Ipomoea quamoclit
(eye-poe-MEE-ah KWAM-oh-klit)
Ipomoea tricolor
(eye-poe-MEE-ah TRY-kul-or)
Ipomoea X multifida
(eye-poe-MEE-ah ex mul-TIF-ih-dah)
Ipomoea X sloteri
(eye-poe-MEE-ah ex SLOT-er-eye)
Ipomopsis rubra
(eye-poe-MOP-sis ROO-brah)
Iresine
(eer-eh-SEE-nee)
Iresine herbstii
(eer-eh-SEE-nee HERB-stee-eye)
Iris
(EYE-riss)
Iris brevicaulis
(EYE-riss brev-ih-KAWL-iss)
Iris cristata
(EYE-riss kris-TAY-tah)
Iris ensata
(EYE-riss en-SAY-tah)
Iris foetidissima
(EYE-riss fet-id-ISS-ih-mah)
Iris fulva
(EYE-riss FULL-vah)
Iris laevigata
(EYE-riss lay-vih-GAY-tah)
Iris missouriensis
(EYE-riss mih-zoor-ee-EN-sis)
Iris pallida
(EYE-riss PAL-ih-duh)
Iris pseudacorus
(EYE-riss soo-DAY-kor-us)
Iris pumila
(EYE-riss POO-mih-lah)
Iris reticulata
(EYE-riss reh-tik-yew-LAY-tah)
Iris sibirica
(EYE-riss sih-BEER-ih-kah)
Iris spuria
(EYE-riss SPUR-ee-ah)
Iris stylosa
(EYE-riss sty-LO-sah)
Iris virginica
(EYE-riss ver-JIN-ih-kah)
Isolepis cernua
(eye-so-LEP-iss SIR-new-ah)
Itea virginica
(IT-ee-ah ver-JIN-ih-kah)