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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Lysichiton camtschatcensis
(lye-sih-KY-ton kamt-shat-SEN-sis)
Lysimachia ciliata
(lye-sih-MAK-ee-ah sil-ee-AY-tah)
Lysimachia clethroides
(lye-sih-MAK-ee-ah kleth-ROY-deez)
Lysimachia congestiflora
(lye-sih-MAK-ee-ah kon-jess-tih-FLOOR-ah)
Lysimachia ephemerum
(lye-sih-MAK-ee-ah ef-EM-er-um)
Lysimachia nummularia
(lye-sih-MAK-ee-ah num-yew-LAR-ee-ah)
Lysimachia punctata
(lye-sih-MAK-ee-ah punk-TAY-tah)
Lythrum alatum
(LITH-rum ah-LAY-tum)
Lythrum salicaria
(LITH-rum sal-ih-KARE-ee-ah)