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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Zantedeschia
(zan-teh-DES-kee-ah)
Zantedeschia aethiopica
(zan-teh-DES-kee-ah ay-thee-OP-ih-kah)
Zauschneria
(zowsh-NER-ee-ah)
Zauschneria arizonica
(zowsh-NER-ee-ah air-ih-ZON-ih-kah)
Zauschneria californica
(zowsh-NAIR-ee-ah kal-ih-FOR-nih-kah)
Zauschneria californica ssp. latifolia
(zaush-NER-ee-ah kal-ih-FOR-ni-kah)
Zauschneria garrettii
(zowsh-NAIR-ee-ah gar-RET-tee-eye)
Zephyranthes
(zef-er-AN-theez)
Zephyranthes candida
(zef-er-AN-theez kan-DEE-dah)
Zephyranthes reginae
(zef-er-AN-theez REJ-in-ay)
Zexmenia hispida
(zeks-ME-nee-ah HISS-pih-dah)
Zinnia
(ZIN-ee-ah)
Zinnia angustifolia
(ZIN-ee-ah an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-ah)
Zinnia elegans
(ZIN-ee-ah EL-eh-ganz)
Zinnia grandiflora
(ZIN-ee-ah gran-dih-FLOOR-ah)
Zinnia haageana
(ZIN-ee-ah haj-ee-AY-nay)
Zinnia pauciflora
(ZIN-ee-ah poss-ih-FLOOR-ah)
Zinnia peruviana
(ZIN-ee-ah per-oo-vee-AY-nah)
Zinnia tenuiflora
(ZIN-ee-ah ten-yew-ih-FLOOR-ah)
Zizia
(ZIZ-ee-ah)
Zizia aurea
(ZIZ-ee-ah OR-ee-ah)
Ziziphus obtusifolia
(ZIZ-ih-fuss ob-too-sih-FOE-lee-ah)