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by loz on March 30, 2005 06:37 PM
Okay, I will just add a new word onto this post everyday.....I'll try to keep it in alphabetical order let's see todays word will be:

1-Abutilon hybridum--a-BEW-tih-lahn HY-brih-dum. Flowering maple.

*2-Acalypha hispida--ak-uh-LIE-fuh HISS-pih-duh.

Chenille Plant

3-Achillea--ah-KILL-lee-ah. Yarrow.

4-Ageratum--ah-JER-ah-tum (usually pronounced ah-juh-RAY-tuhm). See this is a common one that actually has 2 different ways to say it....Also called the Floss Flower Zones 1-24. Blue flowers in tight clusters resemble powder puffs. Most form foot wide clumps and have soft green leaves that are usually heart shaped. Full sun to part shade.

5-Ajuga--ah-JEW-gah. Bugleweed.

6-Allium cepa--AL-lee-um. Onions.

7-Amaryllis--am-uh-RIL-is Okay an easier one to pronounce for most of us probably, but maybe not for some.....Also called Belladonna Lily, or Naked Lady. Perennial from bulb, zones 4-24. Full sun. Long lived plant that performs best in areas with warm, dry summers. Clusters of 4-12 fragrant rosy pink trumpet shaped flowers.

8-Aquilegia--ak-wuh-LEE-jee-uh. Columbine--Perennials--zones vary by species. Full sun or light shade. Regular Water.

9-Armeria maritima--are-MARE-ee-uh mare-ih-TEYE-muh. Sea Pink. Perennial.

10-Aspidistra--as-puh-DIS-truh. Cast Iron Plant. Common as houseplant. Moderate to Regular Water...Dark green leaf blades are 1-2 1/2 feet lont, 3-4 inches wide. Thrives in conditions unacceptable to most plants.

11-Astilbe--as-STIL-bee. False Spiraea. Perennials. Zones 1-7, 14-17. Full sun in cooler climates only, regular water. Mainstay of the shady perennial border. Small white, pink, or red flowers.

12-Bougainvillea--boo-guhn-VIL-ee-uh. Evergreen shrubby vine. Zones 12-17, 19, 21-24. Full sun. Moderate to regular water. Reaches 15-30 ft
depending on variety. Comes in many different vibrant colors in single and double flowered types.

13-Buddleia--BUD-lee-uh. Butterfly Bush. Full Sun in North, full sun to part sun in south. Average moisture best, but tolerates drought. Zones 5 to 10; tops die to ground in zones 5 and 6. Lightly scented tapered sprays of flowers come in purple, blue, lavender, pink, or white.

14-Caladium--kuh-LAY-dee-uhm. Fancy leafed Caladium. Be careful of the sap because it can cause swelling in the throat and mouth.

15-Calendula--kuh-LEN-dew-luh. Marigold. Annual. Full sun. Moderate Water.

*16-Centaurea cyanus. Sen-TOR-ee-uh sy-AN-us. Bachelors Buttons.

*17-Chlorophytum comosum. CLOR-oh-fie-tum co-MOE-sum. Spider Plant.

18-Clematis--KLEM-uh-tis. Deciduous and evergreen vines. Zones vary by species. Roots cool, top in sun. Regular water.


20-Dianthus--dy-ANN-thus. Carnations, pinks, and Sweet Williams.

21-Dieffenbachia--deef-uhn-BAK-ee-uh. Dumb Cane. Mostly used indoors as houseplants. Moderate Water.

*22-Dracaena fragrans--Druh-SEEN-uh FRAY-gruns. Corn plant.

*23-Epipremnum aureum--eh-pih-PREM-num AWR-ee-um. Golden Pothos(Devils Ivy).

*24- Euonymus alatus- you-AHN-ih-muss uh-LAY-tus. Winged spindle tree, or burning bush.

25-Echinacea Purpurea--eh-kih-NAY-shah per-per-EE-ah. Purple Coneflowers.

26-Epimedium--ep-ih-MEE-dee-um. Bishops Cap.

27-Ficus--FYE-kuhs. Rubber plant.

28-Fragaria--fra-GAIR-ee-uh. Strawberries.

29-Gaillardia--gay-LAHR-dee-uh. Blanketflower.
*30-Gypsophila paniculata- jip-SOF-uh-luh pan-ik-yew-LAHT-ah. Baby's Breath.

31-Hedera--HED-uh-ruh. Ivy.
32-Hemerocallis--hem-uh-roe-KAL-uhs. Daylily.


34-Hosta--HAHST-uh. Plantain Lily. Well know and loved in the shady garden...


36-Ipomoea--ip-oe-MEE-uh. Morning glory.

37-Iris--EYE-riss. Iris.

38-Kniphofia--nip-HOE-fee-uh. Red hot poker, torch lilies.
39-Lathyrus--LATH-uh-ruhs. Sweet Pea.

*40- Lirope Muscari– Ler-EYE-oh-pee Muhsk-AR-ee. Blue lilyturf.

41-Lonicera--lo-NIS-ur-ruh. Honeysuckle.

42-Monarda didyma--mo-NAR-dah DID-ih-mah. Bee Balm.

43-Musa--MEW-zuh. Banana.

44-Nandina(domestica)--nan-DEE-nuh. Heavenly Bamboo

45-Narcissus--nahr-SIS-uhs. Daffodils.

46-Oxalis--OK-sal-uhs. Shamrocks.

47-Paeonia--Pay-OH-nee-ah. Peony.

48-Pelargonium--pel-ahr-GOE-nee-uhm. Geranium.

49-Philadephus--fil-uh-DEL-fuhs. Mock Orange.

50-Potentilla--poe-ten-TIL-uh. Cinquefoil.

51-Primula--PRIM-ew-luh. Primrose.

52-Rosmarinus--ros-muh-RYE-nuhs. Rosemary.

53-Rudbeckia--rud-BECK-ee-uh. Black eyed Susan. The state flower of Maryland! [Smile]

*54- Sansevieria trifasciata. San-seh-VEER-ee-uh Try-fas-ee-AH-tuh. Snake Plant(Mother in law's tongue.)Snake Plant.

*55- Schefflera arboricola- Schef-LAIR-uh Ar-bor-ih-KOH-luh.

56-Schizanthus--Ski-ZAN-thuhs. Poor Mans Orchid, Butterfly Flower.

*57-Schlumbergera truncata. Shlum-BER-ger-uh Trun-KAY-tuh. Thanksgiving Cactus.

*58-Sedum morganianum-- SEE-dum Mor-gan-ee-AY-num. Burros Tail.

*59-Soleirolia soleirolii- Sol-eh-ROH-lee-uh Sol-eh-ROH-lee-eye. Baby's Tears.

60-Strelitzia--stre-LIT-see-uh. Bird of Paradise.

*61- Tradescantia zebrina(Zebrina Pendula) Trad-es-KANT-ee-uh Zeb-REE-nuh. Wandering Jew

62-Zantedeschia--zan-tuh-DES-kee-uh. Calla Lily.

63-Zephyranthes--zef-i-RAN-theez. Fairy Lily.

64-Zinnia Elegans--Zin-ee-uh EL-eh-gehnz. Zinnias.

by linda12159 on March 30, 2005 07:05 PM
woooohoooo [thumb] [clappy] thats not so hard...thank you!!!


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by Dixie Angel on March 30, 2005 07:07 PM
[Embarrassed] You wouldn't believe how I've been pronouncing it! [Big Grin]


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by tkhooper on March 30, 2005 07:24 PM
That's wonderful.

Of course, I had to see what it looks like and now I want some. lol.

This could be dangerous to my budget. [perplexed]

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by Carly on April 02, 2005 10:43 PM
This is wonderful - keep on with this. That's the reason I rarely speak of plants by their botanical names - I never know how to pronounce them.

I can spell just about anything, but pronouncing it? Ha!

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by tkhooper on April 04, 2005 04:31 AM
cast iron plant? I got to see this. What a wonderful way to learn new things.

Cast Iron Plant

Ha, I have just the place for it. It says it will almost grow in the dark. There is a corner of my apartment where I could really use something like this.

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by loz on April 04, 2005 05:34 AM
Glad you guys like the guide [thumb] .......and you know, I have a few darker corners that I could stick a cast iron plant in myself.....not a bad idea....My hubby would just shake his head and say not ANOTHER houseplant.....He claims that it's starting to feel like the jungles of South America here in the house.....he he he. [Big Grin] Just the way I like it.....the more plants in the house, the better I feel...... [Smile]
by tkhooper on April 04, 2005 02:31 PM

...more is better!!!!!!

And your guide is fannnnnnnnnnnnntastic.

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by Bestofour on April 05, 2005 03:25 AM
by Sorellina on April 06, 2005 09:55 PM
Who me, have a tomato to add to this? *innocent look*

Azoychka: Ah-ZOYCH-ka, Russian heirloom, early indeterminate, on the larger size for an early (8-12 oz), mild flavour. Seeds available from Tomato Grower's Supply.

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by tkhooper on April 09, 2005 05:23 PM

The addition of the links is a wonderful idea. The more information I can get the better chance I have of some of it sticking around awhile.

This is really nice of you and I appreciate it.

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by RLR on April 25, 2005 09:08 PM
How about Zinnia's, nicotania, verbascum, and allium?
by loz on June 27, 2005 02:49 AM
I'm adding 8 new words alphabetically in the pronunciation guide.....the new words will have a * in front of them to signify that they are new.....
by Carly on July 12, 2005 03:27 AM
Pronunciation - whew!

Someone told me how to pronounce Kahlil Gibran's name the other day - whoa! Was I off or what.

Don't ask me to repeat it either - I'm going to get her to do it again for me.

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by LSMO1 on August 10, 2005 05:31 AM
Thanks for the list. Now I know why garden center folk laugh at me. I always thought they were just happy folk. Tee Hee!
by cLoud[GLPong] on October 30, 2005 03:33 PM
this is great thx.. hope your right about them all (y) [Smile]

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by Nittrox on November 23, 2005 07:45 AM

Thanks for the great guide...the pronunciation defnly beats the complex chemistry names we wud ve read!

Ahh...finally I can use the "real" names comfortably...
by loz on November 23, 2005 07:51 PM
Glad you like it Nittrox!!!! [thumb] [wavey]

laura [Smile]
by DragonYoga on March 09, 2006 01:35 AM
Lucky I'm deaf - I have a good excuse to mispronounce! [Big Grin]

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by cinta on March 23, 2006 12:05 PM
This is great. Thank you.

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by loz on March 28, 2006 08:19 PM
I need to add more words to it....I'll get on that soon....Glad you like it! [thumb]
by morninglori on April 18, 2006 08:16 AM
Oh mistress-o-the-spoken-word,
could you please add these to your pronounciation guide.

Canpanula (I was just informed that I was pronouncing that wrong all this time)

ps. we have kinda lazy speech down here and pronounce some of them slightly differently:
RU-beck-ee-ah (the little d must have gone to Big D to shop)
Ga-YARD-ee-ah (but oddly, not Amar-EE-is, because we only speak Spanish 50% of the time?

Here's a special one for your tongue twister collection.
Ampelopsis brevipendunculata. (my mom calls this the Pina colada plant)

And one for the 'names so cool, I'll name a child this one day'....Metasequoia Glyptostraboides. (can't you just see that one on a personalized mug. And you thought 'Apple' was weird).
by loz on April 18, 2006 09:42 PM
[Big Grin]

I'll be sure to get on those words! [thumb]
by Rosepetal on April 23, 2006 02:47 PM
Thanks lots for all the work. I really appreciate the list.

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by loz on April 25, 2006 02:49 AM
Glad you like it rosepetal! [wavey]
by rucrazy on May 03, 2006 07:04 AM
OMG, Loz! I just stumbled on this thread by accident and I'm going to have to visit it again soon when I have some time.
[Cool] I have been trying to pronounce some of those plants names and I'm sure I'm not even coming close to what the real pronunciation is! [clappy]
Thanks a lot for all the hard work! [flower] [flower] [flower]
by taylo on May 06, 2006 12:32 AM
Oh thank you for adding this....Haven't had a clue what some people are referring to when they talk like that. Usually say something stupid, like does it bloom? lol. How do you say Russian Olive in fancy talk?

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by chenno on May 23, 2006 05:05 AM
Thanks.. It amazes me how everytime i sign on this site, I learn something new!

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by mountaingirl1 on May 29, 2006 12:36 PM
How about-
Liriope, Lilyturf Liriope muscari, L. spicata
Please, thank you.
by loz on May 29, 2006 02:57 PM
Okay, I'm printing the suggestions off so I can get them put into the guide......

Hopefully I'll get them put in here tomorrow! [thumb] Tuesday by the latest.

BTW, I'm glad you all like it! [kissies]
by loz on May 31, 2006 09:31 AM
I'm going to need a little longer, I'm doing a bigger update than I thought I would....haven't forgotten, it just takes time! [wavey]
by rucrazy on May 31, 2006 09:58 AM
You are such a gem Loz [kissies] for doing this for us!
by loz on May 31, 2006 02:09 PM
It's totally my pleasure! [thumb] [kissies]

It's just a tad more time consuming than I remembered. [Big Grin]
by Drea on June 04, 2006 03:52 AM
OK,'s one that I would like clarified. Euonymous. The young girl at my local nursery said that it is pronounced 2 ways (???) [dunno]
you-nah-muss OR you-on-ah-muss. So which is it??
by loz on June 07, 2006 04:08 AM
I'll let you know, I'm almost done writing up the updates! [thumb]
by peonyboy on July 22, 2006 07:08 PM
I wanna to discuss about peony or dahlia.
Come on! [Smile]

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