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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Lablab
(LAB-lab)
Lablab purpureus
(LAB-lab per-per-EE-us)
Laburnum
(lah-BUR-num)
Laburnum X watereri
(lah-BUR-num ex what-er-AIR-eye)
Lagerstroemia
(lag-er-STRO-mee-ah)
Lagerstroemia fauriei
(lag-er-STROE-mee-ah FAR-ee-eye)
Lagerstroemia indica
(lag-er-STRO-mee-ah IN-dih-kah)
Lagurus ovatus
(lah-GOOR-us oh-VAY-tus)
Lamium
(LAY-mee-um)
Lamium galeobdolon
(LAY-mee-um gal-ee-OB-doe-lon)
Lamium maculatum
(LAY-mee-um mak-yew-LAY-tum)
Lantana
(lan-TAN-ah)
Lantana camara
(lan-TAN-ah kah-MAR-ah)
Larix
(LAIR-iks)
Larix decidua
(LAIR-iks dee-SID-yew-ah)
Larix kaempferi
(LAIR-iks KEMP-fer-ee)
Lathyrus
(LATH-ih-rus)
Lathyrus latifolius
(LATH-ih-rus lat-ih-FOE-lee-us)
Lathyrus odoratus
(LATH-ih-rus oh-dor-AY-tus)
Lathyrus tingitanus
(LATH-ih-rus tin-gih-TAY-nus)
Lathyrus vernus
(LATH-ih-rus VER-nus)
Lavandula
(lah-VAN-dew-lah)
Lavandula angustifolia
(lah-VAN-dew-lah an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-ah)
Lavandula stoechas
(lah-VAN-dew-lah STOY-kas)
Lavandula _ intermedia
(lah-VAN-dew-lah ex in-ter-MEE-dee-ah)
Lavatera cachemiriana
(lav-ah-TER-ah kash-mir-ee-AY-nah)
Lavatera thuringiaca
(lav-ah-TER-ah thur-in-jee-AY-kah)
Lavatera trimestris
(lav-ah-TER-ah try-MESS-triss)
Leonotis leonurus
(lee-oh-NO-tus lee-oh-NURE-us)
Lespedeza thunbergii
(less-ped-EE-zah thun-BER-jee-eye)
Leucanthemum paludosum
(lew-KAN-theh-mum pal-oo-DOE-sum)
Leucanthemum X superbum
(lew-KAN-theh-mum ex soo-PER-bum)
Leucojum
(lew-KOE-jum)
Leucojum aestivum
(lew-KOE-jum ESS-tih-vum)
Leucophyllum
(lew-koe-FY-lum)
Leucophyllum frutescens
(lew-koe-FY-lum fru-TES-senz)