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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Satureja montana
(sat-ur-AY-ah mon-TAN-ah)
Saxifraga
(saks-IF-rah-gah)
Saxifraga stolonifera
(saks-IF-rah-gah sto-lon-IF-er-ah)
Scabiosa
(skab-ee-OH-sah)
Scabiosa atropurpurea
(skab-ee-OH-sah at-tro-per-per-EE-ah)
Scabiosa caucasica
(skab-ee-OH-sah kaw-KASS-ih-kah)
Scabiosa columbaria
(skab-ee-OH-sah kol-um-BAR-ee-ah)
Scabiosa ochroleuca
(skab-ee-OH-sah oh-kro-LEW-kah)
Scaevola
(skay-VO-lah)
Scaevola aemula
(skay-VO-lah EYE-mew-lah)
Schizachryium
(skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um)
Schizachyrium scoparium
(skiz-ah-KEER-ee-um skoe-PAR-ee-um)
Schizophragma
(skiz-oh-FRAG-mah)
Schizophragma hydrangeoides
(skiz-oh-FRAG-mah hy-drain-jee-OY-deez)
Schizostylis coccinea
(skiz-oh-STY-liss kok-SIN-ee-ah)
Sciadopitys
(sy-ah-DOP-it-iss)
Sciadopitys verticillata
(sy-ah-DOP-it-iss ver-tiss-ill-LAY-tah)
Scilla
(SILL-ah)
Scilla siberica
(SILL-ah sih-BEAR-ih-kah)
Scrophularia auriculata
(skrof-yew-LAR-ee-ah or-ik-yew-LAY-tah)
Scutellaria incana
(skoot-el-LAR-ee-ah in-KAY-nah)
Sedum
(SEE-dum)
Sedum acre
(SEE-dum AY-ker)
Sedum alboroseum
(SEE-dum al-bo-ROE-see-um)
Sedum burrito
(SEE-dum bur-EE-toe)
Sedum cauticola
(SEE-dum kaw-TIK-oh-lah)
Sedum erythrostictum
(SEE-dum air-ith-roe-STIK-tum)
Sedum kamtschaticum
(SEE-dum kam-SHAT-tih-kum)
Sedum makinoi
(SEE-dum MAK-in-oy)
Sedum pachyphyllum
(SEE-dum pah-KIF-il-um)
Sedum rupestre
(SEE-dum roo-PES-tree)
Sedum sexangulare
(SEE-dum sex-ang-yew-LAIR-ay)
Sedum sieboldii
(SEE-dum see-BOLD-ee-eye)
Sedum spathulifolium
(SEE-dum spath-oo-lih-FOE-lee-um)
Sedum spectabile
(SEE-dum spek-TAB-ill-ee)
Sedum spurium
(SEE-dum SPUR-ee-um)