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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Acer triflorum
(AY-sir try-FLOOR-um)
Acer truncatum
(AY-sir trun-KAY-tum)
Achillea
(ah-KILL-lee-ah)
Achillea filipendulina
(ah-KILL-lee-ah fil-ih-pend-yew-LEE-nah)
Achillea millefolium
(ah-KILL-lee-ah mil-lih-FOE-lee-um)
Achillea ptarmica
(ah-KILL-lee-ah TAR-mih-kah)
Achillea sibirica
(ah-KILL-lee-ah sih-BEER-ih-kah)
Achillea tomentosa
(ah-KILL-lee-ah toe-men-TOE-sah)
Achillea X lewisii
(ah-KILL-lee-ah ex loo-ISS-ee-eye)
Acidanthera
(ass-ih-DAN-ther-ah)
Acidanthera bicolor var. murielae
(ass-ih-DAN-ther-ah BY-kul-or variety mur-ee-EL-ay)
Aconitum
(ak-on-EYE-tum)
Aconitum carmichaelii
(ak-on-EYE-tum kar-my-KEE-lee-eye)
Aconitum napellus
(ak-on-EYE-tum nay-PEL-luss)
Aconitum X cammarum
(ak-on-EYE-tum ex kam- MAR-um)
Acorus
(ah-KOR-us)
Acorus calamus
(ah-KOR-us KAL-ah-mus)
Acorus gramineus
(ah-KOR-us gram-IN-ee-us)
Actaea
(ak-TAY-ah)
Actea pachypoda
(ak-TAY-ah pak-ee-POE-dah)
Actaea racemosa
(ak-TAY-ah rass-ih-MOE-sah)
Actaea rubifolia
(ak-TAY-ah roo-bih-FOE-lee-ah)
Actea rubra
(ak-TAY-ah ROO-brah)
Actaea simplex
(ak-TAY-ah SIM-plex)
Actinidia
(ak-tin-ID-ee-ah)
Actinidia kolomikta
(ak-tin-ID-ee-ah koe-lo-MIK-tah)
Adenanthos sericeus
(ad-en-AN-thos ser-ISS-ee-us)
Adenophora confusa
(ad-en-OFF-or-ah kon-FEW-sah)
Adiantum
(ad-ee-AN-tum)
Adiantum pedatum
(ad-ee-AN-tum ped-AY-tum)
Adiantum venustum
(ad-ee-AN-tum ven-OO-stum)
Adina
(ah-DEE-nah)
Adina rubella
(ah-DEE-nah roo-BELL-ah)
Aegopodium podagraria
(ee-go-POE-dee-um poe-dah-GRAR-ee-ah)
Aeonium
(ay-OH-nee-um)
Aeonium arboreum
(ay-OH-nee-um ar-BOR-ee-um)