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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Kalanchoe
(kal-en-KOE-ee)
Kalanchoe thyrsiflora
(kal-en-KOE-ee thir-sih-FLOOR-ah)
Kalanchoe tomentosa
(kal-en-KOE-ee toe-men-TOE-sah)
Kalimeris
(kal-ih-MER-iss)
Kalimeris incisa
(kal-ih-MER-iss in-SY-sah)
Kalimeris pinnatifida
(kal-ih-MER-iss pin-nah-TIH-fih-dah)
Kalimeris yomena
(kal-ih-MER-iss yo-ME-nah)
Kalmia
(KAL-mee-ah)
Kalmia latifolia
(KAL-mee-ah lat-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Kerria
(KARE-ee-ah)
Kerria japonica
(KARE-ee-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Kirengeshoma
(kih-ren-gesh-OH)
Kirengeshoma palmata
(kih-ren-gesh-OH-mah palm-AY-tah)
Knautia
(NOT-ee-ah)
Knautia macedonica
(NOT-ee-ah mass-eh-DON-ih-kah)
Kniphofia
(ny-FOE-fee-ah)
Kolkwitzia
(kol-KWIT-zee-ah)
Kolkwitzia amabilis
(kol-KWIT-zee-ah ah-MAH-bil-iss)
Kosteletzkya virginica
(kos-tel-ETZ-kee-ah ver-JIN-ih-kah)