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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Liriope muscari
(lih-RY-oh-pee muss-KAR-ee)
Liriope spicata
(lih-RY-oh-pee spih-KAY-tah)
Lobelia
(lo-BEE-lee-ah)
Lobelia cardinalis
(lo-BEE-lee-ah kar-din-AL-iss)
Lobelia erinus
(lo-BEE-lee-ah air-EYE-nus)
Lobelia pedunculata
(lo-BEE-lee-ah ped-unk-u-LAH-tah)
Lobelia_ricardii
(lo-BEE-lee-ah rih-CARD-ee-eye)
Lobelia siphilitica
(lo-BEE-lee-ah sif-il-IT-ih-kah)
Lobelia tupa
(lo-BEE-lee-ah TEW-pah)
Lobelia X speciosa
(lo-BEE-lee-ah ex spee-see-OH-sah)
Lobularia maritima
(lob-yew-LAR-ee-ah mah-RIT-ih-mah)
Lonicera
(lon-ISS-er-ah)
Lonicera fragrantissima
(lon-ISS-er-ah fray-gran-TISS-ih-mah)
Lonicera japonica
(lon-ISS-er-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Lonicera nitida
(lon-ISS-er-ah NIT-ih-dah)
Lonicera periclymenum
(lon-ISS-er-ah pair-ih-KLY-men-um)
Lonicera sempervirens
(lon-ISS-er-ah sem-per-VEER-enz)
Lonicera X brownii
(lon-ISS-er-ah ex BROWN-ee-eye)
Lonicera X heckrottii
(lon-ISS-er-ah ex hek-ROT-ee-eye)
Loropetalum
(lor-oh-PET-ah-lum)
Loropetalum chinense f. rubrum
(lor-oh-PET-ah-lum chin-EN-see forma ROO-brum)
Lotus berthelotii
(LO-tuss ber-thel-OT-ee-eye)
Lunaria
(loo-NAR-ee-ah)
Lunaria annua
(loo-NAR-ee-ah AN-yew-ah)
Lupinus
(loo-PY-nus)
Lupinus texensis
(loo-PY-nus teks-EN-sis)
Luzula
(loo-ZOO-lah)
Luzula nivea
(loo-ZOO-lah NIV-ee-ah)
Lychnis
(LIK-nis)
Lychnis chalcedonica
(LIK-nis kal-sed-ON-ih-kah)
Lychnis coronaria
(LIK-nis kor-on-AIR-ee-ah)
Lychnis flos-cuculi
(LIK-nis flos-koo- KOO-lee)
Lycoris radiata
(ly-KOR-iss rad-ee-AY-tah)
Lygeum
(ly-JEE-um)
Lygeum spartium
(ly-JEE-um SPAR-tee-um)
Lysichiton
(lye-sih-KY-ton)