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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Pachyphragma
(pak-ih-FRAG-mah)
Pachyphragma macrophyllum
(pak-ih-FRAG-mah mak-roe-FIL-um)
Pachysandra
(pak-ih-SAN-drah)
Pachysandra procumbens
(pak-ih-SAN-drah pro-KUM-benz)
Pachysandra terminalis
(pak-ih-SAN-drah ter-min-AL-iss)
Paeonia
(pay-OH-nee-ah)
Paeonia japonica
(pay-OH-nee-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Paeonia lactiflora
(pay-OH-nee-ah lak-tih-FLOOR-ah)
Paeonia mlokosewitschii
(pay-OH-nee-ah mlo-ko-so-WITCH-ee-eye)
Paeonia obovata var. alba
(pay-OH-nee-ah oh-bo-VAY-tah variety AL-bah)
Paeonia suffruticosa
(pay-OH-nee-ah suf-root-ih-KOE-sah)
Panicum
(PAN-ih-kum)
Panicum amarum
(PAN-ih-kum ah-MAR-um)
Panicum virgatum
(PAN-ih-kum ver-GAY-tum)
Papaver
(pah-PAH-ver)
Papaver atlanticum
(pah-PAH-ver at-LAN-tih-kum)
Papaver nudicaule
(pah-PAH-ver at-LAN-tih-kum)
Papaver orientale
(pa-PAH-ver or-ee-en-TALL-ee)
Papaver rhoeas
(pa-PAH-ver RO-ee-oss)
Papaver somniferum
(pa-PAH-ver som-NIF-er-um)
Parahebe
(pair-ah-HEE-bee)
Parahebe perfoliata
(pair-ah-HEE-bee per-foe-lee-AY-tah)
Pardanthopsis
(par-dan-THOP-sis)
Pardanthopsis dichotoma
(par-dan-THOP-sis dy-KOT-oh-mah)
Parrotia
(par-ROE-tee-ah)
Parrotia persica
(par-ROE-tee-ah PER-sih-kah)
Parthenium
(par-THEN-ee-um)
Parthenium integrifolium
(par-THEN-ee-um in-teg-rih-FOE-lee-um)
Parthenocissus henryana
(par-then-oh-SIS-us hen-ree-AY-nah)
Parthenocissus tricuspidata
(par-then-oh-SIS-us try-kuss-pih-DAY-tah)
Passiflora
(pass-ih-FLOOR-ah)
Passiflora caerulea
(pass-ih-FLOOR-ah sir-EW-lee-ah)
Patrinia
(pah-TRIN-ee-ah)
Patrinia scabiosifolia
(pah-TRIN-ee-ah skab-ee-oh-sih-FOE-lee-ah)
Patrinia villosa
(pah-TRIN-ee-ah vil-LOW-sah)
Paulownia
(pawl-OH-nee-ah)