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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Vaccinium angustifolium
(vak-SIN-ee-um an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-um)
Vaccinium corymbosum
(vak-SIN-ee-um kor-im-BO-sum)
Vaccinium moupinense
(vak-SIN-ee-um moo-pin-EN-see)
Vaccinium ovatum
(vak-SIN-ee-um oh-VAY-tum)
Vaccinium vitis-idaea
(vak-SIN-ee-um VY-tiss eye-DAY-ah)
Valeriana officinalis
(val-err-ee-AY-nah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Vancouveria hexandra
(van-koo-VAIR-ee-ah heks-AN-drah)
Veitchia montgomeryana
(VEET-chee-eye mont-gom-er-ee-AY-nah)
Veratrum viride
(ver-AT-trum VEER-ih-day)
Verbascum bombyciferum
(ver-BASS-kum bom-bih-SIF-er-um)
Verbascum chaixii
(ver-BASS-kum CHAKES-ee-eye)
Verbascum densiflorum
(ver-BASS-kum den-sih-FLOOR-um)
Verbascum nigrum
(ver-BASS-kum NY-grum)
Verbascum phoeniceum
(ver-BASS-kum foe-NISS-ee-um)
Verbena bonariensis
(ver-BEE-nah bon-ar-ee-EN-sis)
Verbena canadensis
(ver-BEE-nah kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Verbena hastata
(ver-BEE-nah haas-TAH-tah)
Verbena speciosa
(ver-BEE-nah spee-see-OH-sah)
Verbena X hybrida
(ver-BEE-nah ex HY-brid-ah)
Vernonia noveboracensis
(ver-NO-nee-ah no-veh-bor-ah-SEN-sis)
Veronica chamaedrys
(ver-ON-ih-kah kam-EE-driss)
Veronica liwanensis
(ver-ON-ih-kah lee-wan-EN-sis)
Veronica longifolia
(ver-ON-ih-kah lon-jih-FOE-lee-ah)
Veronica pectinata
(ver-ON-ih-kah pek-tin-AY-tah)
Veronica peduncularis
(ver-ON-ih-kah ped-unk-yew-LAR-iss)
Veronica prostrata
(ver-ON-ih-kah pros-TRAH-tah)
Veronica repens
(ver-ON-ih-kah REE-penz)
Veronica spicata
(ver-ON-ih-kah spi-KAY-tah)
Veronica umbrosa
(ver-ON-ih-kah um-BRO-sah)
Veronica virginica
(ver-ON-ih-kah ver-JIN-ih-kah)