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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Solenostemon
(sol-en-oh-STEM-on)
Solenostemon scutellarioides
(sol-en-oh-STEM-on skoot-el-lar-ee-OY-deez)
Solidago
(sol-ih-DAY-go)
Solidago caesia
(sol-ih-DAY-go SAY-see-ah)
Solidago cutleri
(sol-ih-DAY-go KUT-ler-eye)
Solidago flexicaulis
(sol-ih-DAY-go fleks-ih-KAWL-iss)
Solidago juncea
(sol-ih-DAY-go JUN-see-ah)
Solidago nemoralis
(sol-ih-DAY-go nem-or-AL-iss)
Solidago rigida
(sol-ih-DAY-go RIH-jih-dah)
Solidago rugosa
(sol-ih-DAY-go roo-GO-sah)
Solidago speciosa
(sol-ih-DAY-go spee-see-OH-sah)
Solidago sphacelata
(sol-ih-DAY-go sfass-el-AY-tah)
Sophora
(so-FOR-ah)
Sophora secundiflora
(so-FOR-ah say-kun-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Sorbaria
(sor-BAR-ee-ah)
Sorbaria sorbifolia
(sor-BAR-ee-ah sor-bih-FOE-lee-ah)
Sorghastrum nutans
(sor-GAS-trum NEW-tanz)
Sphaeralcea ambigua
(sfay-RAL-see-ah am-BIG-yew-ah)
Sphaeralcea munroana
(sfay-RAL-see-ah mun-roe-AY-nah)
Spigelia marilandica
(spy-JEE-lee-ah mare-ih-LAN-dee-kah)
Spilanthes acmella
(spih-LAN-theez ak-MEL-lah)
Spiraea
(spy-REE-ah)
Spiraea fritschiana
(spy-REE-ah frit-she-AY-nah)
Spiraea japonica
(spy-REE-ah jah-PON-ih-kah)
Spiraea nipponica
(spy-REE-ah nip-PON-ih-kah)
Spiraea thunbergii
(spy-REE-ah thun-BER-jee-eye)
Spiraea X bumalda
(spy-REE-ah ex boo-MAL-dah)
Spiraea X cinerea
(spy-REE-ah ex sin-AIR-ee-ah)
Spiranthes
(spear-AN-theez)
Spiranthes cernua
(spear-AN-theez SIR-new-ah)
Sporobolus
(spoor-OB-oh-lus)
Sporobolus heterolepsis
(spoor-OB-oh-lus het-er-oh-LEP-sis)
Sporobolus wrightii
(spoor-OB-oh-lus RITE-ee-eye)
Sprekelia
(sprek-EE-lee-ah)
Sprekelia formosissima
(sprek-EE-lee-ah for-moe-SIS-ih-mah)
Stachys
(STAK-iss)