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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Aesculus
(ESS-kew-lus)
Aesculus glabra
(ESS-kew-lus GLAB-rah)
Aesculus parviflora
(ESS-kew-lus par-vih-FLOOR-ah)
Aesculus parviflora var. serotina
(ESS-kew-lus par-vih-FLOOR-ah variety ser-oh-TY-nah)
Aesculus pavia
(ESS-kew-lus PAY-vee-ah)
Aethionema schistosum
(ay-thee-oh-NEE-mah skiz-TOE-sum)
Agapanthus
(ag-ah-PAN-thus)
Agarista populifolia
(ag-ar-EE-stah pop-yew-lih-FOE-lee-ah)
Agastache aurantiaca
(ag-ah-STAK-ee or-an-tee-AY-kah)
Agastache cana
(ag-ah-STAK-ee KAY-nah)
Agastache foeniculum
(ag-ah-STAK-ee foe-NIK-yew-lum)
Agastache rupestris
(ag-ah-STAK-ee roo-PES-tris)
Agastache scrophularifolia
(ag-ah-STAK-ee skrof-yew-lar-ee-ih-FOE-lee-ah)
Agave
(ah-GAH-vay)
Agave americana
(ah-GAH-vay ah-mer-ih-KAY-nah)
Agave bracteosa
(ah-GAH-vay brak-tee-OH-sah)
Agave colorata
(ah-GAH-vay kul-or-AY-tah)
Agave parryi
(ah-GAH-vay PARE-ee-eye)
Agave stricta
(ah-GAH-vay STRIK-tah)
Ageratum
(a-jer-AY-tum)
Ageratum houstonianum
(a-jer-AY-tum hoos-tone-ee-AY-num)
Ajania
(ah-JAY-nee-ah)
Ajania pacifica
(ah-JAY-nee-ah pah-SIF-ih-kah)
Ajuga
(ah-JEW-gah)
Ajuga reptans
(ah-JEW-gah REP-tanz)
Akebia quinata
(ah-KEE-bee-ah kwin-AY-tah)
Albizia
(al-BIZ-ee-ah)
Albizia julibrissin
(al-BIZ-ee-ah joo-lee-BRIS-sin)
Alcea
(al-SEE-ah)
Alcea rosea
(al-SEE-ah ROSE-ee-ah)
Alchemilla
(al-kem-ILL-ah)
Alchemilla alpina
(al-kem-ILL-ah+D47)
Alchemilla mollis
(al-kem-ILL-ah MAWL-iss)
Allamanda
(al-ah-MAN-dah)
Allamanda cathartica
(al-ah-MAN-dah kah-THAR-tih-kah)
Alliaria petiolata
(al-ee-AIR-ee-ah pet-ee-oh-LAY-tah)