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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Prunus X subhirtella
(PREW-nus ex sub-her-TELL-lah)
Pseuderanthemum atropurpureum
(soo-der-AN-them-um at-tro-per-per-EE-um)
Pseudolarix
(soo-doe-LAIR-iks)
Pseudolarix kaempferi
(soo-doe-LAIR-iks KEMP-fer-ee)
Pseudotsuga menziesii
(soo-doe-SOO-gah men-ZEEZ-ee-eye)
Psoralea
(sor-AL-ee-ah)
Psoralea pinnata
(sor-AL-ee-ah pin-NAY-tah)
Pteridium
(teh-RID-ee-um)
Pteridium aquilinum
(teh-RID-ee-um ak-will-EYE-num)
Pulmonaria
(pull-mon-AR-ee-ah)
Pulmonaria longifolia
(pull-mon-AR-ee-ah lon-jih-FOE- lee-ah)
Pulmonaria officinalis
(pull-mon-AR-ee-ah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Pulsatilla
(pull-sah-TIL-lah)
Pulsatilla vulgaris
(pull-sah-TIL-lah vul-GAR-iss)
Pycnanthemum
(pik-NAN-theh-mum)
Pyracantha
(py-rah-KAN-thah)
Pyracantha coccinea
(py-rah-KAN-thah kok-SIN-ee-ah)
Pyrus
(PY-rus)
Pyrus calleryana
(PY-rus kah-ler-ee-AY-nah)