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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Pinus ponderosa
(PY-nus pon-der-OH-sah)
Pinus resinosa
(PY-nus rez-ih-NO-sah)
Pinus rigida
(PY-nus RIH-jih-dah)
Pinus strobus
(PY-nus STROE-bus)
Pinus sylvestris
(PY-nus sil-VES-tris)
Piptanthus nepalensis
(pip-TAN-thus nep-al-EN-sis)
Pistacia chinensis
(pis-TAY-see-ah chin-EN-sis)
Pittosporum
(pit-TOSS-por-um)
Pittosporum tenuifolium
(pit-TOSS-por-um ten-yew-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Pittosporum tobira
(pit-TOSS-por-um toe-BEER-ah)
Plantago major
(plan-TAY-go MAY-jor)
Platanus occidentalis
(PLAT-an-us ox-ee-den-TAL-is)
Platycodon grandiflorus
(plat-ee-KOE-don gran-dih-FLOOR-us)
Plectranthus
(plek-TRAN-thus)
Plectranthus amboinicus
(plek-TRAN-thus am-bo-IN-ih-kus)
Plectranthus argentatus
(plek-TRAN-thus ar-jen-TAY-tus)
Plectranthus australis
(plek-TRAN-thusoss-TRAL-iss)
Plectranthus ciliatus
(plek-TRAN-thus sil-ee-AY-tus)
Plectranthus coleoides
(plek-TRAN-thus koe-lee-OY-deez)
Plectranthus discolor
(plek-TRAN-thus DIS-kul-or)
Plectranthus forsteri
(plek-TRAN-thus FOR-stir-eye)
Plectranthus longitubus
(plek-TRAN-thus lon-jih-TOO-bus)
Plectranthus purpuratus
(plek-TRAN-thus per-per-AY-tus)
Plectranthus zuluensis
(plek-TRAN-thus zoo-loo-EN-sis)
Pleioblastus
(play-oh-BLAST-us)
Pleioblastus argenteostriatus
(plee-oh-BLAST-us ar-gent-ee-oh-stry-AY-tus)
Pleioblastus pygmaeus f. variegatus
(play-oh-BLAST-us pig-MAY-us forma vair-ee-eh-GAY-tus)
Pleioblastus viridistriatus
(play-oh-BLAST-us ver-id-ih-stry-AY-tus)
Plumbago
(plum-BAY-go)
Plumbago auriculata
(plum-BAY-go or-ik-yew-LAY-tah)
Podophyllum
(poe-doe-FY-lum)
Podophyllum hexandrum
(poe-doe-FY-lum heks-AN-drum)
Podophyllum peltatum
(poe-doe-FY-lum pel-TAY-tum)
Polemonium
(pole-MONE-ee-um)
Polemonium caeruleum
(pole-MONE-ee-um sir-EW-lee-um)
Polemonium reptans
(pole-MONE-ee-um REP-tanz)