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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Yucca
(YUK-ah)
Yucca aloifolia
(YUK-ah ah-lo-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Yucca filamentosa
(YUK-ah fil-ah-men-TOE-sah)
Yucca glauca
(YUK-ah GLOK-ah)
Yucca gloriosa
(YUK-ah glor-ee-OH-sah)
Yucca recurvifolia
(YUK-ah ray-kurv-ih-FOE-lee-ah)