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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Sabal
(SAY-ball)
Sabal minor
(SAY-ball MY-nor)
Sabal palmetto
(SAY-ball palm-ET-oh)
Saccharum
(SAK-har-um)
Saccharum arundinaceum
(SAK-har-um ah-run-din-AY-see-um)
Saccharum officinarum
(SAK-har-um oh-fi-shi-NAR-um)
Saccharum ravennae
(SAK-har-um rah-VEN-nay)
Sagittaria graminea
(saj-ih-TAIR-ee-ah gram-IN-ee-ah)
Salix
(SAY-lix)
Salix alba f. argentea
(SAY-lix AL-bah forma ar-JEN-tee-ah)
Salix alba var. sericea
(SAY-lix AL-bah variety ser-ISS-see-ah)
Salix alba var. vitellina
(SAY-liks AL-bah variety vit-el-EE-nah)
Salix babylonica
(SAY-liks bab-ih-LON-ih-kah)
Salix discolor
(SAY-liks DIS-kul-or)
Salix integra
(SAY-lix in-TEG-rah)
Salpiglossis
(sal-pih-GLOSS-iss)
Salpiglossis sinuata
(sal-pih-GLOSS-iss sin-yew-AY-tah)
Salvia
(SAL-vee-ah)
Salvia argentea
(SAL-vee-ah ar-JEN-tee-ah)
Salvia azurea
(SAL-vee-ah ah-ZURE-ee-ah)
Salvia azurea ssp. pitcheri
(SAL-vee-ah ah-ZURE-ee-ah subspecies PITCH-er-eye)
Salvia canariensis
(SAL-vee-ah kan-ar-ee-EN-sis)
Salvia chamaedryoides
(SAL-vee-ah kam-ee-dree-OY-deez)
Salvia coccinea
(SAL-vee-ah kok-SIN-ee-ah)
Salvia darcyi
(SAL-vee-ah DAR-see-eye)
Salvia discolor
(SAL-vee-ah DIS-kul-or)
Salvia dorrii
(SAL-vee-ah DOOR-ree-eye)
Salvia elegans
(SAL-vee-ah EL-eh-ganz)
Salvia farinacea
(SAL-vee-ah fair-in-AY-see-ah)
Salvia greggii
(SAL-vee-ah GREG-ee-eye)
Salvia guaranitica
(SAL-vee-ah gwar-an-IT-ih-kah)
Salvia hians
(SAL-vee-ah HY-anz)
Salvia jurisicii
(SAL-vee-ah jur-iss-ISS-ee-eye)
Salvia leucantha
(SAL-vee-ah lew-KAN-thah)
Salvia longispicata
(SAL-vee-ah lon-jih-spih-KAY-tah)
Salvia mexicana
(SAL-vee-ah meks-ih-KAH-nah)