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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Asarum
(ah-SAR-um)
Asarum canadense
(ah-SAR-um kan-ah-DEN-see)
Asarum europaeum
(ah-SAR-um yur-oh-PAY-um)
Asarum shuttleworthii
(ah-SAR-um shut-tul-WORTH-ee-eye)
Asarum splendens
(ah-SAR-um SPLEN-denz)
Asclepias
(ah-SKLEE-pee-us)
Asclepias curassavica
(ah-SKLEE-pee-us kur-ah-SAV-ih-kah)
Asclepias tuberosa
(ah-SKLEE-pee-us too-ber-OH-sah)
Asparagus
(ah-SPARE-ah-gus)
Asparagus densiflorus
(ah-SPARE-ah-gus den-sih-FLOOR-us)
Asparagus officinalis
(ah-SPARE-ah-gus oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis)
Aspidistra
(ass-pih-DIS-trah)
Aspidistra elatior
(ass-pih-DIS-trah el-AY-tee-or)
Astelia chathamica
(ass-TELL-ee-ah kah-THAM-ih-kah)
Aster
(ASS-ter)
Aster carolinianus
(ASS-ter kare-oh-lin-ee-AY-nus)
Aster cordifolius
(ASS-ter kor-dih-FOE-lee-us)
Aster corymbosus
(ASS-ter kor-im-BO-sus)
Aster divaricatus
(ASS-ter div-air-ih-KAY-tus)
Aster dumosus
(ASS-ter doo-MOE-sus)
Aster ericoides
(ASS-ter err-ih-KOY-deez)
Aster laevis
(ASS-ter LAY-viss)
Aster lateriflorus
(ASS-ter lat-er-ih-FLOOR-us)
Aster macrophyllus
(ASS-ter mak-roe-FIL-us)
Aster novae-angliae
(ASS-ter no-vay-AN-glee-ay)
Aster novi-belgii
(ASS-ter no-vee-BEL-jee-eye)
Aster oblongifolius
(ASS-ter ob-lonj-ih-FOE-lee-us)
Aster tataricus
(ASS-ter tah-TAR-ih-kus)
Aster tongolensis
(ASS-ter ton-go-LEN-sis)
Aster X frikartii
(ASS-ter ex frih-KART- ee-eye)
Astilbe
(ah-STILL-bee)
Astilbe chinensis var. taquetii
(ah-STILL-bee chin-EN-sis variety tah-KWET-ee-eye)
Astilbe chinensis
(ah-STILL-bee chin-EN-sis)
Astilboides
(ass-til-BOY-deez)
Astilboides tabularis
(ass-til-BOY-deez tab-yew-LAR-iss)
Astrantia
(ah-STRAN-tee-ah)