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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Leucothoe
(lew-KOE-thoe-ee)
Leucothoe axillaris
(lew-KOE-thoe-ee aks-ill-LAR-iss)
Leucothoe fontanesiana
(loo-KOE-thoe-ee fon-tah-nee-see-AY-nah)
Leucothoe populifolia
(loo-KOE-thoe-ee pop-yew-lih-FOE-lee-ah)
Lewisia
(loo-ISS-ee-ah)
Lewisia cotyledon
(loo-ISS-ee-ah kot-ih-LEE-don)
Lewisias tweedyi
(loo-ISS-ee-ah TWEED-ee-eye)
Liatris
(lee-AT-tris)
Liatris aspera
(lee-AT-tris ASS-per-ah)
Liatris mucronata
(lee-AT-tris moo-kro-NAY-tah)
Liatris spicata
(lee-AY-tris spih-KAY-tah)
Ligularia dentata
(lig-yew-LAR-ee-ah den-TAY-tah)
Ligularia przewalskii
(lig-yew-LAR-ee-ah shah-WAL-skee-eye)
Ligularia stenocephala
(lig-yew-LAR-ee-ah sten-oh-SEF-ah-lah)
Ligularia tussilaginea
(lig-yew-LAR-ee-ah tuss-sil-ah-jin-EE-ah)
Ligustrum
(lih-GUS-trum)
Ligustrum vulgare
(lih-GUS-trum vul-GAR-ay)
Lilium
(LIL-ee-um)
Lilium canadense
(LIL-ee-um kan-ah-DEN-see)
Lilium candidum
(LIL-ee-um KAN-dih-dum)
Lilium formosanum
(LIL-ee-um for-moe-SAH-num)
Lilium henryi _ Lilium speciosum var. rubrum
(LIL-ee-um HEN-ree-eye ex LIL-ee-um spee-see-OH-sum variety ROO-brum)
Lilium longiflorum
(LIL-ee-um lon-jih-FLOOR-um)
Lilium martagon
(LIL-ee-um MART-ah-gon)
Lilium regale
(LIL-ee-um ree-GAL-ee)
Limonium
(lee-MOE-nee-um)
Limonium latifolium
(lee-MOE-nee-um lat-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Linaria maroccana
(lin-AIR-ee-ah mah-ROK-kan-nah)
Lindera
(lin-DARE-ah)
Lindera benzoin
(lin-DARE-ah BEN-zo-in)
Linum
(LY-num)
Linum lewisii
(LY-num loo-ISS-ee-eye)
Linum perenne
(LEE-num per-EN-ee)
Linum perenne ssp. lewisii
(LEE-num per-EN-nee subspecies loo-ISS-ee-eye)
Liquidambar syraciflua
(lih-kwid-AM-bar sty-rah-SIH-floo-ah)
Liriope
(lih-RY-oh-pee)