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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Jasminum
(jaz-MEE-num)
Jasminum nudiflorum
(jaz-MEE-num new-dih-FLOOR-um)
Juncus effusus
(JUN-kus ef-FEW-sus)
Juncus patens
(JUN-kus PAT-enz)
Juniperus
(joo-NIP-er-us)
Juniperus chinensis
(joo-NIP-er-us chin-EN-sis)
Juniperus communis
(joo-NIP-er-us kom-YEW-nis)
Juniperus horizontalis
(joo-NIP-er-us hor-ih-zon-TAL-iss)
Juniperus procumbens
(joo-NIP-er-us pro-KUM-benz)
Juniperus scopulorum
(joo-NIP-er-us skop-yew-LOR-um)
Juniperus squamata
(joo-NIP-er-us skwam-AY-tah)
Juniperus virginiana
(joo-NIP-er-us ver-jin-ee-AY-nah)
Juniperus X pfitzeriana
(joo-NIP-er-us ex fit-zare-ee-AY-nah)
Justicia betonica
(jus-TISS-ee-ah beh-TON-ih-kah)