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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Araucaria heterophylla
(ar-oh-KAR-ee-ah het-er-oh-FY-lah)
Arbutus
(AR-but-us)
Arbutus unedo
(AR-but-us yew-NEE-doe)
Arctostaphylos
(ark-toe-STAF-il-lohs)
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
(ark-toe-STAF-il-lohs oo-vah-ER-see)
Arctotis
(ark-TOE-tiss)
Ardisia
(ar-en-AR-ee-ah)
Ardisia crenata
(ar-DIS-ee-ah kren-AY-tah)
Argyranthemum
(ar-ger-AN-them-um)
Argyranthemum frutescens
(ar-ger-AN-them-um frew-TES-senz)
Arisaema
(air-iss-EE-mah)
Arisaema kishidae
(air-ih-SEE-mah KISH-ih-day)
Arisaema sikokianum
(air-iss-EE-mah si-koe-kee-AY-num)
Arisaema triphyllum
(air-iss-EE-mah try-FY-lum)
Armeria
(ar-MARE-ee-ah)
Armeria maritima
(ar-MARE-ee-ah mah-RIT-ih-mah)
Armoracia
(ar-mor-AY-see-ah)
Armoracia rusticana
(ar-mor-AY-see-ah rus-tih-KAY-nah)
Aronia
(ah-ROE-nee-ah)
Aronia arbutifolia
(ah-ROE-nee-ah ar-bew-tih-FOE-lee-ah)
Aronia melanocarpa
(ah-ROE-nee-ah mel-an-oh-KAR-pah)
Artemisia
(ar-tem-EE-zsa)
Artemisia abrotanum
(ar-tem-EE-zsa ah-BROT-an-um)
Artemisia absinthium
(ar-tem-EE-zsa ab-SIN-thee-um)
Artemisia ludoviciana
(ar-tem-EE-zsah loo-doe-viss-see-AY-nah)
Artemisia schmidtiana
(ar-tem-EE-jhah shmit-ee-AY-nah)
Artemisia stelleriana
(ar-tem-EE-zsah stel-ler-ee-AY-nah)
Artemisia versicolor
(ar-tem-EE-zsah VERS-ih-kul-or)
Artemisia vulgaris
(ar-tem-EE-zsah vul-GAR-iss)
Arum
(AIR-um)
Arum italicum
(AIR-um ih-TAL-ih-kum)
Aruncus
(ah-RUN-kus)
Aruncus aethusifolius
(ah-RUN-kus ah-thoo-sih-FOE-lee-us)
Aruncus dioicus
(ah-RUN-kus dy-oh-EYE-kus)
Asarina
(ah-SAR-in-ah)
Asarina scandens
(ah-SAR-in-ah SKAN-denz)