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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Macleaya cordata
(mah-KLAY-ah kor-DAY-tah)
Magnolia
(mag-NO-lee-ah)
Magnolia ashei
(mag-NO-lee-ah ASH-ee-eye)
Magnolia delavayi
(mag-NO-lee-ah del-ah-VAY-eye)
Magnolia denudata
(mag-NO-lee-ah den-ew-DAY-tah)
Magnolia grandiflora
(mag-NO-lee-ah gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Magnolia kobus
(mag-NO-lee-ah KO-bus)
Magnolia macrophylla
(mag-NO-lee-ah mak-roe-FY-lah)
Magnolia sieboldii
(mag-NO-lee-ah see-BOLD-ee-eye)
Magnolia stellata
(mag-NO-lee-ah stel-LAY-tah)
Magnolia X loebneri
(mag-NO-lee-ah ex LOBE-ner-eye)
Magnolia X soulangeana
(mag-NO-lee-ah ex soo-lonj-ee-AY-nah)
Mahonia
(mah-HOE-nee-ah)
Mahonia aquifolium
(mah-HOE-nee-ah ak-wih-FOE-lee-um)
Mahonia nervosa
(mah-HOE-nee-ah ner-VOE-sah)
Mahonia X media
(mah-HOE-nee-ah ex MEE-dee-ah)
Maireana enchlaenoides
(mare-ee-AH-nah enklee-NOY-deez)
Malus
(MAY-lus)
Malva sylvestris
(MAL-vah sil-VES-tris)
Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii
(mal-vah-VIS-kus ar-BOR-ee-us variety drum-MON-dee-eye)
Mandevilla
(man-dah-VIL-ah)
Mandevilla X amoena
(man-dah-VIL-lah ex ah-MEE-nah)
Manettia luteorubra
(mah-NET-ee-ah loo-tee-oh-ROO-brah)
Manihot esculenta
(MAN-ih-hot ess-kew-LEN-tah)
Marrubium
(mar-OO-bee-um)
Marrubium incanum
(mar-OO-bee-um in-KAY-num)
Marsilea
(mar-SIL-lee-ah)
Marsilea drummondii
(mar-SIL-lee-ah drum-MON-dee-eye)
Matricaria recutita
(mat-trih-KARE-ee-ah ray-KEW-tih-tah)
Matteuccia pennsylvanica
(mah-TOO-kee-ah pen-sil-VAN-ih-kah)
Matteuccia struthiopteris
(mah-TOO-kee-ah stroo-thee-OP-ter-iss)
Matthiola incana
(math-ee-OH-lah in-KAY-nah)
Mazus
(MAY-zus)
Mazus reptans
(MAY-zus REP-tanz)
Meconopsis betonicifolia var. alba
(mek-on-OP-sis bet-on-iss-sih-FOE-lee-ah variety AL-bah)
Meehania cordata
(me-HAHN-ee-ah kor-DAY-tah)