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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Melampodium leucanthum
(mel-am-POE-dee-um lew-KAN-thum)
Melampodium paludosum
(mel-am-POE-dee-um pal-oo-DOE-sum)
Melianthus
(mel-ee-AN-thus)
Melianthus major
(mel-ee-AN-thus MAY-jor)
Melinus nerviglumis
(mel-EYE-nus ner-vig-LOO-miss)
Melissa officinalis
(mel-ISS-sah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Mentha pulegium
(MEN-thah poo-LEE-jee-um)
Mentha suaveolens
(MEN-thah swah-vee-OH-lenz)
Mertensia
(mer-TEN-see-ah)
Mertensia pulmonarioides
(mer-TEN-see-ah pull-mon-ar-ee-OY-deez)
Mertensia virginica
(mer-TEN-see-ah ver-JIN-ih-kah)
Metasequoia
(met-ah-seh-KWOY-ah)
Metasequoia glyptostroboides
(met-ah-seh-KWOY-ah glip-toe-stroe-BOY-deez)
Microbiota decussata
(my-kro-by-OH-tah day-kus-SAY-tah)
Mimulus guttatus
(MIM-yew-lus gut-TAY-tus)
Mimulus langsdorfii
(MIM-yew-lus langs-DORF-ee-eye)
Mina
(MEE-nah)
Mina lobata
(MEE-nah lo-BAY-tah)
Mirabilis
(meer-AB-ill-iss)
Mirabilis jalapa
(meer-AB-ill-iss jah-LAH-pah)
Miscanthus
(mis-KAN-thus)
Miscanthus giganteus
(mis-KAN-thus jy-GAN-tee-us)
Miscanthus sinensis
(mis-KAN-thus sih-NEN-sis)
Mitrophyllum clivorum
(mih-trow-FIL-um kly-VOR-um)
Molinia.mp3
(mo-LEEN-ee-ah)
Molinia caerulea
(mo-LEEN-ee-ah sir-OO-lee-ah)
Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea
(moe-LIN-ee-ah sir-OO-lee-ah subspecies ah-run-din-AY-see-ah)
Momordica
(moe-MOR-dih-kah)
Momordica charantia
(moe-MOR-dih-kah kar-AN-tih-kah)
Monarda
(mo-NAR-dah)
Monarda didyma
(mo-NAR-dah DID-ih-mah)
Morus alba
(MOR-us AL-bah)
Muehlenbeckia axillaris
(mew-len-BEK-ee-ah aks-ih-LAR-iss)
Muehlenbeckia complexa
(mew-len-BEK-ee-ah kom-PLEKS-ah)
Muhlenbergia
(muh-len-BER-jee-ah)
Muhlenbergia capillaris
(muh-len-BER-jee-ah kap-ill-AIR-iss)