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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Vitex
(VY-teks)
Vitex agnus-castus var. latifolia
(VY-teks ag-nus-KAS-tus variety lat-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Vitex agnus-castus
(VY-teks ag-nus-KAS-tus)
Vitis
(VY-tiss)
Vitis vinifera
(VY-tiss vin-IF-er-ah)