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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Angelica
(an-JEL-ih-kah)
Angelica atropurpurea
(an-JEL-ih-kah at-tro-per-per-EE-ah)
Angelica gigas
(an-JEL-ih-kah GEE-gas)
Angelica pachycarpa
(an-JEL-ih-kah pak-ee-KAR-pah)
Angelonia
(an-jel-OH-nee-ah)
Angelonia angustifolia
(an-jel-OH-nee-ah an-gus-tih-FOE-lee-ah)
Anigozanthos
(an-ee-go-ZAN-thos)
Anisacanthus
(ah-niss-ah-KAN-thus)
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
(ah-niss-ah-KAN-thus kwad-RIF-ih-dus variety RITE-ee-eye)
Antennaria
(an-ten-NAR-ee-ah)
Antennaria_neodioica
(an-ten-AIR-ee-ah nee-oh-dy-oh-EYE-kah)
Anthemis
(an-THEME-iss)
Anthemis biebersteiniana
(an-THEME-iss bee-ber-sty-nee-AY-nah)
Anthemis marschalliana
(an-THEME-iss mar-shall-ee-AY-nah)
Anthemis tinctoria
(an-THEME-iss tink-TOR-ee-ah)
Anthericum
(an-THER-ih-kum)
Anthericum saundersiae
(an-THER-ih-kum son-DERS-ee-ay)
Anthriscus
(an-THRISS-kuss)
Anthriscus sylvestris
(an-THRISS-kuss sil-VES-tris)
Antirrhinum
(an-ter-REE-num)
Antirrhinum majus
(an-ter-REE-num MAY-jus)
Aptinea cordifolia
(ap-TIN-ee-ah kor-dih-FOE-lee-ah)
Aquilegia
(ak-will-EE-jah)
Aquilegia alpina
(ak-will-EE-jah al-PINE-ah)
Aquilegia caerulea
(ak-will-EE-zsah sir-EW-lee-ah)
Aquilegia canadensis
(ak-will-EE-jah kan-ah-DEN-sis)
Aquilegia chrysantha
(ak-will-EE-zsah kris-AN-thah)
Aquilegia chrysantha var. hinckleyana
(ak-will-EE-zsah kris-AN-thah variety hink-lee-AY-nah)
Aquilegia flabellata
(ak-will-EE-zsah flab-el-LAY-tah)
Aquilegia longissima
(ak-will-EE-zsah long-ISS-ih-mah)
Aquilegia vulgaris
(ak-will-EE-zsah vul-GAR-iss)
Aralia
(ah-RAY-lee-ah)
Aralia elata
(ah-RAY-lee-ah ee-LAY-tah)
Aralia racemosa
(ah-RAY-lee-ah rass-ih-MOE-sah)
Aralia spinosa
(ah-RAY-lee-ah spin-OH-sah)
Araucaria araucana
(ar-oh-KAR-ee-ah ar-oh-KAN-ah)