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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Trillium
(TRILL-ee-um)
Trillium chloropetalum
(TRILL-ee-um klor-oh-PET-ah-lum)
Trillium erectum
(TRILL-ee-um ee-REK-tum)
Trillium erectum var. album
(TRILL-ee-um ee-REK-tum variety AL-bum)
Trillium flexipes
(TRILL-ee-um fleks-IP-eez)
Trillium grandiflorum
(TRILL-ee-um gran-dih-FLOOR-um)
Trillium luteum
(TRILL-ee-um LOO-tee-um)
Trillium ovatum
(TRILL-ee-um oh-VAY-tum)
Trillium persistens
(TRILL-ee-um per-SIS-tenz)
Trillium pusillum
(TRILL-ee-um poo-SIL-lum)
Trillium recurvatum
(TRILL-ee-um ray-kur-VAY-tum)
Trillium stamineum
(TRILL-ee-um stah-MIN-ee-um)
Trillium vaseyi
(TRILL-ee-um VAY-see-eye)
Tripsacum dactyloides
(TRIP-sah-kum dak-til-OY-deez)
Triteleia
(trit-el-AY-ah)
Triteleia hyacinthina
(trit-el-AY-ah hy-ah-sin-THEE-nah)
Triteleia ixioides
(trit-el-AY-ah iks-ee-OY-deez)
Trollius europaeus
(TROL-lee-us yur-oh-PAY-us)
Trollius X cultorum
(TROL-lee-us ex kul-TOR-um)
Tropaeolum
(tro-pay-OH-lum)
Tropaeolum majus
(tro-pay-OH-lum MAY-jus)
Tropaeolum peregrinum
(troe-pay-OH-lum pair-ih-GREE-num)
Tropaeolum speciosum
(tro-pay-OH-lum spee-see-OH-sum)
Tsuga
(SOO-gah)
Tsuga canadensis
(SOO-gah kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Tulbaghia
(tul-BAG-ee-ah)
Tulbaghia violacea
(tul-BAG-ee-ah vy-oh-LAY-see-ah)
Tulipa
(TEW-lih-pah)
Tulipa batalinii
(TEW-lih-pah bat-ah-LIN-ee-eye)
Tulipa fosteriana
(TEW-lih-pah foss-ter-ee-AY-nah)
Tulipa greigii
(TEW-lih-pah GREEG-ee-eye)
Tulipa kaufmanniana
(TEW-lih-pah kof-man-nee-AY-nah)
Tulipa linifolia
(TEW-lih-pah lin-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Tulipa praestans
(TEW-lih-pah PRAY-stanz)
Tulipa sprengeri
(TEW-lih-pah SPRENG-er-eye)
Typha
(TY-fah)