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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Rohdea japonica
(ROE-dee-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Rosa
(ROE-sah)
Rosa chinensis
(ROE-sah chin-EN-sis)
Rosa foliolosa
(ROE-sah foe-lee-oh-LO-sah)
Rosa glauca
(ROE-sah GLOK-ah)
Rosa laevigata
(ROE-sah lay-vih-GAY-tah)
Rosa palustris var. scandens
(ROE-sah pah-LUSS-tris variety SKAN-denz)
Rosa roxburghii f. normalis
(ROE-sah roks-BURG-ee-eye forma nor-MAL-iss)
Rosa rugosa
(ROE-sah roo-GO-sah)
Rosa rugosa var. alba
(ROE-sah roo-GO-sah variety AL-bah)
Rosa rugosa var. rubra
(ROE-sah roo-GO-sah variety ROO-brah)
Rosa sericea ssp. omeiensis f. pteracantha
(ROE-sah ser-ISS-see-ah subspecies oh-may-EN-sis forma teh-rah-KAN-thah)
Rosa X dupontii
(ROE-sah ex doo-PON-tee-eye)
Rosmarinus
(ross-mah-RYE-nus)
Rosmarinus officinalis
(ross-mah-RYE-nus oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Rubus
(ROO-bus)
Rubus biflorus
(ROO-bus by-FLOOR-us)
Rubus odoratus
(ROO-bus oh-dor-AY-tus)
Rubus parviflorus
(ROO-bus par-vih-FLOOR-us)
Rubus pentalobus
(ROO-bus pen-tah-LOW-bus)
Rubus strigosus
(ROO-bus strig-OH-sus)
Rudbeckia
(rud-BEK-ee-ah)
Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii
(rud-BEK-ee-ah FULL-jih-dah variety sul-ih-VAN-tee-eye)
Rudbeckia hirta
(rud-BEK-ee-ah HER-tah)
Rudbeckia laciniata
(rud-BEK-ee-ah lass-in-ee-AY-tah)
Rudbeckia maxima
(rud-BEK-ee-ah MAKS-ih-mah)
Rudbeckia nitida
(rud-BEK-ee-ah NIT-ih-dah)
Rudbeckia subtomentosa
(rud-BEK-ee-ah sub-toe-men-TOE-sah)
Rudbeckia triloba
(rud-BEK-ee-ah try-LOW-bah)
Ruellia
(roo-EL-lee-a)
Ruellia brittoniana
(roo-EL-lee-a brit-tone-ee-AY-nah)
Ruellia elegans
(roo-EL-ee-ah EL-eh-ganz)
Ruellia peninsularis
(roo-EL-ee-a pen-in-soo-LAR-iss)
Rumex
(ROO-mex)
Rumex acetosella
(ROO-mex ass-eh-TOE-sell-ah)
Rumex sanguineus
(ROO-meks san-GWIN-ee-us)