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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Allium
(AL-lee-um)
Allium aflatunense
(AL-lee-um ah-flat-yew-NEN-see)
Allium caeruleum
(AL-ee-um sir-EW-lee-um)
Allium cernuum
(AL-ee-um SIR-new-um)
Allium christophii
(AL-lee-um kris-TOFF-ee-eye)
Allium giganteum
(AL-lee-um jy-GAN-tee-um)
Allium moly
(AL-lee-um MO-lee)
Allium obliquum
(AL-ee-um ob-LEEK-yew-um)
Allium schoenoprasum
(AL-ee-um skoy-no-PRAY-sum)
Allium schubertii
(AL-lee-um shoo-BERT-ee-eye)
Allium senescens
(AL-lee-um sen-ESS-senz)
Allium senescens ssp. montanum var. glaucum
(AL-ee-um sen-ESS-senz subspecies mon-TAN-um variety GLOK-um)
Allium sphaerocephalon
(AL-lee-um sfay-roe-SEF-ah-lon)
Allium stellerianum
(AL-ee-um stel-ler-ee-AY-num)
Allium thunbergii
(AL-lee-um thun-BER-jee-eye)
Allium tuberosum
(AL-lee-um too-ber-OH-sum)
Alocasia
(al-oh-KAY-shah)
Alocasia gageana
(al-oh-KAY-shah gag-ee-AY-nah)
Alocasia macrorrhiza
(al-oh-KAY-shah mak-roe-RYE-zah)
Alocasia micholitziana
(al-oh-KAY-shah me-koe-lit-see-AY-nah)
Alocasia sanderiana
(al-oh-KAY-shah san-dare-ee-AY-nah)
Alocasia X amazonica
(al-oh-KAY-shah ex am-ah-ZON-ih-kah)
Aloe
(AL-oh)
Aloe barbadensis
(AL-oh bar-bah-DEN-sis)
Aloe cameronii
(AL-oh kam-er-OH-nee-eye)
Aloe camperi
(AL-oh KAM-per-eye)
Aloe polyphylla
(AL-oh pol-ee-FIL-lah)
Aloe vera
(AL-oh VEER-ah)
Alpinia zerumbet
(al-PIN-ee-ah ZAIR-um-bet)
Alstroemeria
(al-strow-MARE-ee-ah)
Alternanthera
(all-ter-NAN-ther-ah)
Alternanthera dentata
(all-ter-NAN-ther-ah den-TAY-tah)
Alternanthera ficoidea
(all-ter-NAN-ther-ah fih-KOY- dee-ah)
Alyssum
(ah-LISS-sum)
Alyssum maritimum
(ah-LISS-sum mah-RIT-ih-mum)
Amaranthus
(am-ah-RAN-thus)