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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Stachys byzantina
(STAK-iss bye-zan-TEEN-ah)
Stachys grandiflora
(STAK-iss gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Stachys macrantha
(STAK-iss mah-KRAN-thah)
Stachytarpheta urticifolia
(stak-ih-TAR-fet-ah ur-tiss-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Stellaria media
(stel-AR-ee-a MEE-dee-ah)
Stenotaphrum secundatum
(sten-oh-TAF-rum say-kun-DAY-tum)
Stephanandra
(stef-ah-NAN-drah)
Stephanandra incisa
(stef-ah-NAN-drah in-SY-sah)
Sternbergia candida
(stern-BER-jee-ah kan-DEE-dah)
Stewartia
(stew-AR-tee-ah)
Stewartia ovata
(stew-AR-tee-ah oh-VAY-tah)
Stewartia pseudocamellia
(stew-AR-tee-ah soo-doe-kah-MEL-ee-ah)
Stipa
(STY-pah)
Stipa arundinacea
(STY-pah ah-run-din-AY-see-ah)
Stipa gigantea
(STY-pah jy-GAN-tee-ah)
Stipa pennata
(STY-pah pen-NAY-tah)
Stipa tenuissima
(STY-pah ten-yew-ISS-ih-mah)
Stokesia
(sto-KEE-see-ah)
Stokesia laevis
(sto-KEE-see-ah LAY-viss)
Strelitzia
(strel-IT-zee-ah)
Strobilanthes
(stroe-bih-LAN-theez dy-err-ee-AY-nus)
Strobilanthes dyerianus
(stroe-bih-LAN-theez dy-err-ee-AY-nus)
Stylophorum.mp3
(sty-lo-FOR-um)
Stylophorum diphyllum
(sty-lo-FOR-um dy-FIL-lum)
Styrax
(STY-rax jah-PON-ih-kus)
Styrax japonicus
(STY-rax jah-PON-ih-kus)
Styrax obassia
(STY-rax oh-BASS-ee-ah)
Sutera
(soo-TAIR-ah)
Sutera cordata
(soo-TAIR-ah kor-DAY-tah)
Symphoricarpos
(sim-for-ih-KAR-pos)
Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus
(sim-for-ih-KAR-pos AL-bus variety lay-vih-GAY-tus)
Symphoricarpos orbiculatus
(sim-for-ih-KAR-pos or-bikyew-LAY-tus)
Symphoricarpos X chenaultii
(sim-for-ih-KAR-pos ex chen-ALL-tee-eye)
Symphoricarpos X doorenbosii
(sim-for-ih-KAR-pos ex door-en-BO-see-eye)
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium
(sim-fee-oh-TRIK-um ob-lonj-ih-FOE-lee-um)
Symphytum
(sim-FY-tum)