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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Nigella damascena
(ny-JEL-lah dam-ah-SEE-nah)
Nigella hispanica
(ny-JEL-lah hiss-PAN-ih-kah)
Nolina
(no-LEE-nah)
Nolina nelsonii
(no-LEE-nah nel-SO-nee-eye)
Nymphaea
(nim-FAY-ah)