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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Symphytum caucasicum
(sim-FY-tum kaw-KASS-ih-kum)
Symphytum _ uplandicum
(sim-FY-tum ex up-LAND-ih-kum)
Syringa meyeri
(sih-RIN-gah MY-er-eye)
Syringa pubescens
(sih-RIN-gah poo-BESS-enz)
Syringa pubescens subsp. Microphylla
(sih-RIN-gah poo-BESS-enz subspecies my-kro-FIL-ah)
Syringa pubescens subsp. patula
(sih-RIN-gah poo-BESS-enz subspecies pah-TEW-lah)
Syringa vulgaris
(sy-RIN-gah vul-GAR-is)
Syringa X chinensis
(sy-RIN-gah ex chin-EN-sis)
Syringa X hyacinthiflora
(sih-RIN-gah ex hy-ah-sin-thih-FLOOR-ah)
Syringa X laciniata
(sih-RIN-gah ex lass-in-ee-AY-tah)
Syringa X prestoniae
(sih-RIN-gah ex press-TOE-nee-ay)