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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Muhlenbergia dumosa
(muh-len-BER-jee-ah doo-MOE-sah)
Muhlenbergia lindheimeri
(muh-len-BER-jee-ah lind-HY-mer-eye)
Muhlenbergia rigens
(muh-len-BER-jee-ah REE-genz)
Mukdenia
(muk-DEE-nee-ah)
Mukdenia rossii
(muk-DEE-nee-ah ROSS-ee-eye)
Musa basjoo
(MOO-sah BASS-joo)
Musa zebrina
(MOO-sah zeb-REE-nah)
Muscari
(muss-KAR-ee)
Muscari armeniacum
(muss-KAR-ee ar-men-ee-AY-kum)
Muscari aucheri
(muss-KAR-ee OK-er-eye)
Muscari azureum
(muss-KAR-ee ah-ZURE-ee-um)
Muscari botryoides f. album
(muss-KAR-ee bot-tree-OY-deez forma AL-bum)
Muscari comosum
(muss-KAR-ee kom-OH-sum)
Muscari latifolium
(muss-KAR-ee lat-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Muscari neglectum
(muss-KAR-ee nee-GLEK-tum)
Muscari paradoxum
(muss-KAR-ee pare-ah-DOKS-um)
Myosotis
(mee-oh-SO-tiss)
Myosotis scorpioides
(my-oh-SO-tiss skor-pee-OY-deez)
Myosotis sylvatica
(my-oh-SO-tiss sil-VAT-ih-kah)
Myrica
(mih-REE-kah)
Myrica californica
(mih-REE-kah kal-ih-FOR-nih-kah)
Myrica cerifera
(mih-REE-kah sir-IF-er-ah)
Myrica pensylvanica
(mih-REE-kah pen-sil-VAN-ih-kah)
Myriophyllum aquaticum
(mee-ree-oh-FIL-lum ah-KWAT-ih-kum)
Myriophyllum papillosum var. pulcherrima
(mee-ree-oh-FY-lum pap-ill-LOW-sum variety pull-KARE-rih-mah)
Myrrhis
(MEER-iss)
Myrrhis odorata
(MEER-iss oh-dor-AY-tah)