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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Phlox pilosa
(floks pil-OH-sah)
Phlox stolonifera
(floks sto-lon-IF-er-ah)
Phlox subulata
(floks sub-yew-LAY-tah)
Phormium
(FORM-ee-um)
Phormium cookianum
(FORM-ee-um cook-ee-AY-num)
Phormium tenax
(FORM-ee-um TEN-ax)
Photinia
(foe-TIN-ee-ah)
Photinia X fraseri
(foe-TIN-ee-ah ex FRAY-zer-eye)
Phygelius X rectus
(fye-JEE-lee-us ex REK-tus)
Phyllostachys
(fil-lo-STAK-iss)
Phyllostachys nigra
(fil-lo-STAK-iss NY-grah)
Phyllostachys nigra var. henonis
(fil-lo-STAK-iss NY-grah variety HEN-oh-nis)
Phyllostachys nuda
(fy-lo-STAK-iss NEW-dah)
Physocarpus
(fy-so-KAR-pus)
Physocarpus opulifolius
(fy-so-KAR-pus op-yew-lih-FOE-lee-us)
Physostegia
(fy-so-STEE-jhah)
Physostegia virginiana
(fy-so-STEE-jhah ver-jin-ee-AY-nah)
Picea
(py-SEE-ah)
Picea abies
(py-SEE-ah AB-ee-ays)
Picea glauca
(py-SEE-ah GLOK-ah)
Picea omorika
(py-SEE-ah oh-mor-EE-kah)
Picea orientalis
(py-SEE-ah or-ee-en-TAL-iss)
Picea pungens
(py-SEE-ah PUN-jenz)
Picea sitchensis
(py-SEE-ah sit-CHEN-sis)
Pieris
(pee-AIR-iss)
Pieris formosa
(pee-AIR-iss for-MOE-sah)
Pieris japonica
(pee-AIR-iss jah-PON-ih-kus)
Pilea involucrata
(py-LEE-ah in-vol-yew-KRAY-tah)
Pinellia tripartita
(pin-EL-lee-ah try-PAR-tih-tah)
Pinus
(PY-nus)
Pinus contorta
(PY-nus kon-TOR-tah)
Pinus densiflora
(PY-nus den-sih-FLOOR-ah)
Pinus flexilis
(PY-nus fleks-IL-iss)
Pinus mugo
(PY-nus MEW-go)
Pinus mugo ssp. mugo
(PY-nus MEW-go subspecies MEW-go)
Pinus nigra
(PY-nus NY-grah)