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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Salvia microphylla var. neurepia
(SAL-vee-ah my-kro-FIL-ah variety nur-EP-ee-ah)
Salvia nemorosa
(SAL-vee-ah nem-or-OH-sah)
Salvia officinalis
(SAL-vee-ah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Salvia pachyphylla
(SAL-vee-ah pah-KIF-ill-lah)
Salvia patens
(SAL-vee-ah PAT-enz)
Salvia pratensis
(SAL-vee-ah prah-TEN-sis)
Salvia reptans
(SAL-vee-ah REP-tanz49)
Salvia sclarea
(SAL-vee-ah SKLAH-ree-ah)
Salvia spathacea
(SAL-vee-ah spath-ah-SEE-ah)
Salvia splendens
(SAL-vee-ah SPLEN-denz)
Salvia uliginosa
(SAL-vee-ah yew-lig-in-OH-sah)
Salvia urica
(SAL-vee-ah YURE-ih-kah)
Salvia vanhouttei
(SAL-vee-ah van-HOOT-ee-eye)
Salvia verticillata
(SAL-vee-ah ver-tiss-ill-LAY-tah)
Salvia viridis
(SAL-vee-ah VEER-ih-diss)
Salvia X superba
(SAL-vee-ah ex soo-PER-bah)
Salvia X sylvestris
(SAL-vee-ah ex sil-VES-tris)
Sambucus
(sam-BOO-kus)
Sambucus canadensis
(sam-BOO-kus kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Sambucus nigra
(sam-BOO-kus NY-grah)
Sambucus racemosa
(sam-BOO-kus rass-ih-MO-sah)
Sanchezia
(san-CHEZ-ee-ah)
Sanchezia speciosa
(san-CHEZ-ee-ah spee-see-OH-sah)
Sanguinaria canadensis
(san-gwin-AIR-ee-ah kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Sanguisorba canadensis
(san-guih-SOR-bah kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Santolina
(san-toe-LEE-nah)
Santolina chamaecyparissus
(san-toe-LEE-nah kam-ah-sip-ar-ISS-us)
Sanvitalia
(san-vih-TAL-ee-ah)
Sanvitalia procumbens
(san-vih-TAL-ee-ah pro-KUM-benz)
Saponaria
(sap-oh-NAR-ee-ah)
Saponaria officinalis
(sap-oh-NAR-ee-ah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Sarcococca
(sar-koe-KOK-ah)
Saruma
(sah-ROO-mah)
Saruma henryi
(sah-ROO-mah HEN-ree-eye)
Sasa
(SAH-sah)
Sasa veitchii
(SAH-suh VAY-chee-eye)