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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Sedum telephium
(SEE-dum tel-EF-ee-um)
Sedum ternatum
(SEE-dum ter-NAY-tum)
Selaginella kraussiana
(sel-laj-in-NEL-lah kraus-ee-AY-nah)
Sempervivum
(sem-per-VEE-vum)
Sempervivum tectorum
(sem-per-VEE-vum tek-TOR-um)
Senecio
(sen-EE-see-oh)
Senecio cineraria
(sen-EE-see-oh sin-er-AIR-ee-ah)
Senecio greyi
(sen-EE-see-oh GRAY-eye)
Senecio serpens
(sen-EE-see-oh SIR-penz)
Senecio viravira
(sen-EE-see-oh VEER-ah-VEER-ah)
Sesleria
(sess-LAIR-ee-ah)
Sesleria autumnalis
(sess-LAIR-ee-ah ot-um-NAL-iss)
Setaria palmifolia
(seh-TAR-ee-ah palm-ih-FOE-lee ah)
Setcreasea
(set-KREE-see-ah)
Setcreasea pallida
(set-KREE-see-ah PAL-ih-duh)
Setcreasea purpurea
(set-KREE-see-ah per-per-EE-ah)
Silene
(sy-LEE-nee)
Silene armeria
(sy-LEE-nee ar-MARE-ee-ah)
Silene regia
(sy-LEE-nee REE-jee-ah)
Silene schafta
(sy-LEE-nee SHAF-tah)
Silene virginica
(sy-LEE-nee ver-JIN-ih-kah)
Silphium
(SILL-fee-um)
Silphium laciniatum
(SILL-fee-um lass-in-ee-AY-tum)
Silphium perfoliatum
(SILL-fee-um per-fo-lee-AY-tum)
Sinocalycanthus chinensis
(si-no-kal-ee-KAN-thus chin-EN-sis)
Sisyrinchium
(sis-ih-RIN-kee-um)
Sisyrinchium angustifolium
(sis-ih-RIN-kee-um an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-um)
Sisyrinchium graminoides
(sis-ih-RIN-kee-um gram-in-OY-deez)
Sisyrinchium striatum
(sis-ih-RIN-kee-um stry-AY-tum)
Skimmia
(SKIM-ee-ah)
Smilacina
(smy-la-SEE-nah)
Smilacina racemosa
(smy-la-SEE-nah rass-ih-MOE-sah)
Smyrnium
(SMEER-nee-um)
Solanum quitoense
(so-LAY-num KEE-toe-ense)
Solanum rantonnetii
(so-LAY-num ran-ton-NET-ee-eye)
Soleirolia soleirolii
(so-li-RO-lee-ah so-li-RO-lee-eye)