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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Thunbergia alata
(thun-BER-jee-ah ah-LAY-tah)
Thymophylla
(ty-mo-FIL-lah)
Thymophylla tenuiloba
(ty-mo-FIL-lah ten-yew-ih-LOW-bah)
Thymus
(TY-mus)
Thymus polytrichus ssp. britannicus
(TY-mus pol-IT-trik-us subspecies brih-TAN-ih-kus)
Thymus praecox ssp. articus var. albus
(TY-mus PRAY-kox subspecies ARK-tee-kus variety AL-bus)
Thymus pseudolanuginosus
(TY-mus soo-doe-lan-oo-gan-OH-sus)
Thymus serphyllum
(TY-mus sir-FYE-lum)
Thymus vulgaris
(TY-mus vul-GAR-iss)
Thymus X citriodorus
(TY-mus ex sih-tree-oh-DOR-us)
Tiarella
(tee-ar-EL-lah)
Tiarella cordifolia
(tee-ar-EL-lah kor-dih-FOE-lee-ah)
Tiarella cordifolia var. collina
(tee-ar-EL-lah kor-dih-FOE-lee-ah variety kol-LEE-nah)
Tiarella wherryi
(tee-ar-EL-lah WARE-ee-eye)
Tibouchina grandifolia
(tib-oo-CHEE-nah gran-dih-FOE-lee-ah)
Tibouchina urvilleana
(tib-oo-CHEE-nah ur-vil-lee-AY-nah)
Tilia
(TIL-ee-ah)
Tilia americana
(TIL-ee-ah ah-mer-ih-KAH-nah)
Tilia petiolaris
(TIL-ee-ah pet-ee-oh-LAR-iss)
Tithonia
(tith-OH-nee-ah)
Tithonia rotundifolia
(tith-OH-nee-ah roe-tun-dih-FOE-lee-ah)
Torenia
(tor-EE-nee-ah)
Torenia fournieri
(tor-EE-nee-ah for-nee-ERR-eye)
Trachelium
(trah-KAY-lee-um)
Trachelium caeruleum
(trah-KAY-lee-um sir-EW-lee-um)
Trachelospermum jasminoides
(tray-kel-oh-SPERM-um jaz-min-OY-deez)
Trachycarpus
(tray-kee-KAR-pus)
Trachycarpus fortunei
(tray-kee-KAR-pus for-TOON-ee-eye)
Tradescantia
(trad-es-KAN-tee-ah)
Tradescantia pallida
(trad-es-KAN-tee-ah PAL-ih-duh)
Tradescantia X andersoniana
(trad-es-KAN-tee-ah ex an-der-so-nee-AY-nah)
Tradescantia zebrina
(trad-es-KAN-tee-ah zeb-REE-nah)
Tribulus micrococcus
(TRIB-yew-lus my-kro-KOK-us)
Tricyrtis
(try-SIR-tiss)
Tricyrtis formosana
(try-SIR-tiss for-moe-SAH-nah)
Tricyrtis hirta
(try-SIR-tiss HER-tah)