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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Perovskia
(per-OV-skee-ah)
Perovskia atriplicifolia
(per-OV-skee-ah at-trih-pliss-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Persea americana
(PER-see-ah ah-mer-ih-KAY-nah)
Persicaria
(per-si-KAR-ee-ah)
Persicaria amplexicaulis
(per-si-KAR-ee-ah am-plex-i-KAWL-is)
Persicaria microcephala
(per-sih-KAR-ee-ah my-kro-SEF-ah-lah)
Persicaria polymorpha
(per-sih-KAR-ee-ah pol-ee-MOR-fah)
Persicaria thunbergii
(per-sih-KAR-ee-ah thun-BER-jee-eye)
Persicaria virginiana
(per-sih-KAR-ee-ah ver-jin-ee-AY-nah)
Petalostemon purpureum
(pet-ah-low-STEM-on per-per-EE-um)
Petargonium sidoides
(pel-ar-GO-nee-um sid-OY-deez)
Petasites
(pet-ah-SEE-teez)
Petasites japonicus
(pet-ah-SY-teez jah-PON-ih-kus)
Petasites japonicus var. giganteus
(pet-ah-SY-teez jah-PON-ih-kus variety jy-GAN-tee-us)
Petrea volubilis
(PET-tree-ah vol-EW-bil-iss)
Petroselinum
(Pet-ro-seh-LEE-num)
Petroselinum crispum
(Pet-ro-seh-LEE-num KRIS-pum)
Petunia
(peh-TOON-yah)
Petunia integrifolia
(peh-TOON-yah in-teg-rih-FOE-lee-ah)
Phacelia campanularia
(fa-SEE-lee-ah kam-pan-yew-LAIR-ee-ah)
Phacelia parryi
(fa-SEE-lee-ah PARE-ee-eye)
Phaiophleps nigricans
(FAY-oh-fleps NIG-rih-kanz)
Phalaris
(fah-LAR-iss)
Phalaris arundinacea
(fah-LAR-iss ah-run-din-AY-see-ah)
Phellodendron
(fel-oh-DEN-dron)
Phellodendron amurense
(fel-oh-DEN-dron am-ur-EN-see)
Philadelphus
(fil-ah-DEL-fus)
Philadephus coronarius
(fil-ah-DEL-fus kor-on-AR-ee-us)
Phlomis fruticosa
(FLOW-miss fru-tih-KOE-sah)
Phlomis russeliana
(FLOW-miss russ-sel-lee-AY-nah)
Phlox
(flox)
Phlox bifida
(flox BIF-ih-dah)
Phlox divaricata
(flox div-air-ih-KAY-tah)
Phlox glaberrima
(FLOKS glab-er-EE-mah)
Phlox maculata
(floks mak-yew-LAY-tah)
Phlox paniculata
(flox pah-nik-yew-LAY-tah)