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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Veronicastrum sibiricum
(ver-on-ih-KAS-trum sih-BEER-ih-kum)
Veronicastrum virginicum
(ver-on-ih-KAS-trum ver-JIN-ih-kum)
Veronicastrum virginicum f. album
(ver-on-ih-KAS-trum ver-JIN-ih-kum forma AL-bum)
Vetiveria zizanioides
(vet-ih-VER-ee-ah zih-zan-ee-OY-deez)
Viburnum carlesii
(vy-BURN-um kar-LESS-ee-eye)
Viburnum davidii
(vy-BURN-um dah-VID-ee-eye)
Viburnum dentatum
(vy-BURN-um den-TAY-tum)
Viburnum dilatatum
(vy-BURN-um dil-ah-TAY-tum)
Viburnum farreri
(vy-BURN-um far-ERR-ee)
Viburnum macrocephalum
(vy-BURN-um mak-roe-SEF-ah-lum)
Viburnum nudum
(vy-BURN-um new-dum)
Viburnum opulus
(vy-BURN-um OP-yew-lus)
Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum
(vy-BURN-um plih-KAY-tum forma toe-men-TOE-sum)
Viburnum prunifolium
(vy-BURN-um prew-nih-FOE-lee-um)
Viburnum rhytidophyllum
(vy-BURN-um rih-tid-oh-FY-lum)
Viburnum rufidulum
(vy-BURN-um roo-FID-yew-lum)
Viburnum sargentii
(vy-BURN-um sar-JEN-tee-eye)
Viburnum trilobum
(vy-BURN-um try-LOW-bum)
Viburnum utile
(vy-BURN-um YEW-til-ee)
Viburnum X burkwoodii
(vy-BURN-um ex burk-WOOD-ee-eye)
Victoria cruziana
(vik-TOR-ee-ah kroo-zee-AY-nah)
Vinca major
(VIN-kah MAY-jor)
Vinca minor
(VIN-kah MY-nor)
Viola cornuta
(vy-OH-lah kor-NEW-tah)
Viola corsica
(vy-OH-lah KOR-sih-kah)
Viola labradorica
(vy-OH-lah lab-rah-DOOR-ih-kah)
Viola labradorica var. purpurea
(vy-OH-lah lab-rah-DOOR-ih-kah variety per-per-EE-ah)
Viola odorata
(vy-OH-lah oh-dor-AY-tah)
Viola riviniana
(vy-OH-lah rih-vin-ee-AY-nah)
Viola tricolor
(vy-OH-lah TRY-kul-or)
Viola X wittrockiana
(vy-OH-lah ex wit-rok-ee-AY-nah)