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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Rabdosia longituba
(rab-DOE-see-ah lon-jih-TOO-bah)
Ranunculus repens
(rah-NUN-kew-lus REE-penz)
Ratibida
(rah-TIB-ih-dah)
Ratibida columnifera
(rah-TIB-ih-dah kol-um-NIF-er-ah)
Rhamnus
(RAM-nus)
Rhamnus frangula
(RAM-nus FRANG-ew-lah)
Rheum palmatum
(REE-um palm-AY-tum)
Rhododendron
(roe-doe-DEN-dron)
Rhododendron calendulaceum
(roe-doe-DEN-dron kah-lend-yew-LAY-see-um)
Rhododendron canescens
(roe-doe-DEN-dron kan-ESS-senz)
Rhododendron fortunei
(roe-doe-DEN-dron for-TOON-ee-eye)
Rhododendron macrosepalum
(roe-doe-DEN-dron mak-roe-SEP-ah-lum)
Rhododendron prunifolium
(roe-doe-DEN-dron prew-nih-FOE-lee-um)
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
(roe-doe-DEN-dron shlip-pen-BOK-ee-eye)
Rhododendron stenopetalum
(roe-doe-DEN-dron sten-oh-PET-ah-lum)
Rhododendron vaseyi
(roe-doe-DEN-dron VAY-see-eye)
Rhododendron viscosum
(roe-doe-DEN-dron viss-KOE-sum)
Rhododendron williamsiana
(roe-doe-DEN-dron will-yam-see-AY-nah)
Rhodotypos scandens
(roe-doe-TY-pos SKAN-denz)
Rhus
(rus)
Rhus aromatica
(rus air-oh-MAT-ih-kah)
Rhus typhina
(rus ty-FEE-nah)
Ribes
(RY-beez)
Ribes odoratum
(RY-beez oh-dor-AY-tum)
Ribes sanguineum
(RY-beez san-GWIN-ee-um)
Ribes speciosum
(RY-beez spee-see-OH-sum)
Ribes viburnifolium
(RY-beez vy-burn-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Ricinus communis
(RY-sin-us kom-MEW-nis)
Robinia
(roe-BIN-ee-ah)
Robinia hispida
(roe-BIN-ee-ah HISS-pih-dah)
Robinia pseudoacacia
(roe-BIN-ee-ah soo-dah-KAY-see-ah)
Rodgersia
(rod-JER-zee-ah)
Rodgersia aesculifolia
(rod-JER-zee-ah ess-kew-lih-FOE-lee-ah)
Rodgersia japonica
(rod-JER-zee-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Rodgersia pinnata
(rod-JER-zee-ah pin-NAY-tah)
Rodgersia podophylla
(rod-JER-zee-ah poe-doe-FY-lah)