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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Paulownia tomentosa
(pawl-OH-nee-ah toe-men-TOE-sah)
Pelargonium capitatum
(pel-ar-GO-nee-um kap-ih-TAY-tum)
Pelargonium crispum
(pel-ar-GO-nee-um KRIS-pum)
Pelargonium sidoides
(pel-ar-GO-nee-um sid-OY-deez)
Pelargonium tomentosum
(pel-ar-GO-nee-um toe-men-TOE-sum)
Pennisetum alopecuroides
(pen-nih-SEE-tum al-oh-pek-yur-OY-deez)
Pennisetum glaucum
(pen-nih-SEE-tum GLOK-um)
Pennisetum messiacum
(pen-nih-SEE-tum mess-I-ah-kum)
Pennisetum orientale
(pen-nih-SEE-tum or-ee-en-TAL-ee)
Pennisetum purpureum
(pen-nih-SEE-tum per-per-EE-um)
Pennisetum setaceum
(pen-nih-SEE-tum sah-TAY-see-um)
Pennisetum spathiolatum
(pen-nih-SEE-tum spath-ee-oh-LAY-tum)
Penstemon albertinus
(PEN-steh-mon al-ber-TY-nus)
Penstemon barbatus
(PEN-steh-mon bar-BAY-tus)
Penstemon cardinalis
(PEN-steh-mon kar-din-AL-iss)
Penstemon clutei
(PEN-steh-mon KLU-tee-eye)
Penstemon cobaea
(PEN-steh-mon koe-BAY-ah)
Penstemon digitalis
(PEN-steh-mon dij-ih-TAL-iss)
Penstemon eatonii
(PEN-steh-mon ee-TONE-ee-eye)
Penstemon jamesii
(PEN-steh-mon JAMES-ee-eye)
Penstemon mexicali
(PEN-steh-mon meks-ih-KAL-ee)
Penstemon nitidus
(PEN-steh-mon NIT-ih-dus)
Penstemon palmeri
(PEN-steh-mon PALM-er-eye)
Penstemon parryi
(PEN-steh-mon PARE-ee-eye)
Penstemon pinifolius
(PEN-steh-mon pin-ih-FO-lee-us)
Penstemon strictus
(PEN-steh-mon STRIK-tus)
Penstemon tubaeflorus
(PEN-steh-mon too-bah-FLOOR-us)
Penstemon whippleanus
(PEN-steh-mon whip-lee-AY-nus)
Pentas lanceolata
(PEN-tas lan-see-oh-LAY-tah)
Pericallis X hybrida
(pair-ih-KAL-liss ex HY-brid-ah)
Perilla frutescens
(per-IL-lah fru-TES-senz)
Perilla frutescens var. crispa
(per-IL-lah fru-TES-senz variety KRIS-pah)