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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Polygonatum
(pol-ig-on-AY-tum)
Polygonatum biflorum
(pol-ig-on-AY-tum by-FLOOR-um)
Polygonatum humile
(pol-ig-on-AY-tum HEW-mih-lee)
Polygonatum odoratum
(pol-ig-on-AY-tum oh-dor-AY-tum)
Polygonum cuspidatum
(pol-IG-oh-num kus-pih-DAY-tum)
Polygonum perfoliatum
(pol-IG-oh-num per-foe-lee-AY-tum)
Polygonum polymorphum
(pol-IG-oh-num pol-ee-MOR-fum)
Polystichum
(pol-ISS-tih-kum)
Polystichum acrostichoides
(pol-ISS-tih-kum ak-roe-stik-OY-deez)
Polystichum makinoi
(pol-ISS-tih-kum MAK-in-oy)
Polystichum munitum
(pol-ISS-tih-kum MEW-nih-tum)
Polystichum neolobatum
(pol-ISS-tih-kum nee-oh-lo-BAY-tum)
Polystichum rigens
(pol-ISS-tih-kum REE-genz)
Populus deltoides
(POP-yew-lus del-TOY-deez)
Portulaca grandiflora
(por-tew-LAH-kah gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Portulaca oleracea
(port-chew-LAH-kah oh-ler-AY-see-ah)
Potentilla
(poe-ten-TIL-lah)
Potentilla fruticosa
(poe-ten-TIL-lah fru-tih-KOE-sah)
Potentilla thurberi
(poe-ten-TIL-ah THUR-ber-eye)
Pratia pedunculata
(PRAY-ti-ah ped-unk-yew-LAY-tah)
Primula
(PRIM-yew-lah)
Primula denticulata
(PRIM-yew-lah den-tik-yew-LAY-tah)
Primula japonica
(PRIM-yew-lah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Primula sieboldii
(PRIM-yew-lah see-BOLD-ee-eye)
Primula sikkimensis
(PRIM-yew-lah sih-kih-MEN-sis)
Primula vialii
(PRIM-yew-lah vy-AL-ee-eye)
Protea
(PRO-tee-ah)
Prunus
(PREW-nus)
Prunus caroliniana
(PREW-nus kare-oh-lin-ee-AY-nah)
Prunus glandulosa
(PREW-nus gland-yew-LO-sah)
Prunus laurocerasus
(PREW-nus lor-oh-sir-AY-sus)
Prunus lusitanica
(PREW-nus loos-ih-TAN-ih-kah)
Prunus maritima
(PREW-nus mah-RIT-ih-mah)
Prunus tomentosa
(PREW-nus toe-men-TOE-sah)
Prunus virginiana
(PREW-nus ver-jin-ee-AY-nah)
Prunus X cistena
(PREW-nus ex sis-TEE-nah)