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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Tabebuia chrysotricha
(tab-eh-BOO-ee-ah kris-oh-TRIK-ah)
Tabebuia impetiginosa
(tab-eh-BOO-ee-ah im-pet-ih-gin-OH-sah)
Tagetes
(tah-JEE-deez)
Tagetes tenuifolia
(tah-JEE-deez ten-yew-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Talinum
(tah-LY-num)
Talinum paniculatum
(tah-LY-num pah-nik-yew-LAY-tum)
Tanacetum
(tan-ah-SEE-tum)
Tanacetum parthenium
(tan-ah-SEE-tum par-THEN-ee-um)
Taraxicum officinale
(tar-AKS-ih-kum oh-fi-shi-NAH-lee)
Taxodium
(tax-OH-dee-um)
Taxodium distichum
(tax-OH-dee-um DISS-tih-kum)
Taxus cuspidata
(TAKS-us kus-pih-DAY-tah)
Taxus X media
(TAX-us ex MEE-dee-ah)
Tetrapanax
(tet-trah-PAN-aks)
Tetrapanax papyrifer
(tet-trah-PAN-aks pap-ih-RIF-er)
Teucrium
(TEW-kree-um)
Teucrium aroanium
(TEW-kree-um ah-ROE-nee-um)
Teucrium chamaedrys
(TEW-kree-um kam-EE-driss)
Teucrium chamaedrys var. compactum
(TEW-kree-um kam-EE-driss variety kom-PAK-tum)
Thalictrum
(thah-LIK-trum)
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
(thah-LIK-trum ak-will-ee-zsee-eye-FOE-lee-um)
Thalictrum delavayi
(thah-LIK-trum del-ah-VAY-eye)
Thalictrum flavum ssp. Glaucum
(thah-LIK-trum FLAY-vum subspecies GLOK-um)
Thalictrum isopyroides
(thah-LIK-trum eye-so-py-OY-deez)
Thalictrum kiusianum
(thah-LIK-trum kee-oo-see-AY-num)
Thalictrum minus
(thah-LIK-trum MY-nus)
Thalictrum rochebruneanum
(thah-LIK-trum roesh-broo-nee-AY-num)
Thelypteris
(thel-IP-ter-iss)
Thelypteris kunthii
(thel-IP-ter-iss KUNTH-ee-eye)
Thelypteris noveboracensis
(thel-IP-ter-iss no-veh-bor-ah-SEN-sis)
Theobroma cacao
(thee-oh-BRO-mah kah-KOW)
Thermopsis montana
(ther-MOP-sis mon-TAN-ah)
Thuja
(THOO-yah)
Thuja occidentalis
(THOO-yah ox-ee-den-TAL-is)
Thuja plicata
(THOO-yah plih-KAY-tah)
Thunbergia
(thun-BER-jee-ah)