How do you pronounce the word 'Heuchera'?

hippieindenialMay 23, 2012

I have met many people who say the word "Heuchera" many different ways.

I lot of people say "who-krrrr-ah" while others say "euchre-ah" (like the card game euchre with an 'ah' on the end.

How do you say it?

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jan_on zone 5b

My 'Illustrated encyclopedia of Perennials" pronounces it
HUE-ker-ah (and so do I!)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 8:04PM
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I say Coral Bells! :)

    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 9:27PM
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marquest(z5 PA)

I say Hercs. lol

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 5:19PM
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buyorsell888(Zone 8 Portland OR)

I just went to a talk given by Dan Heims of Terra Nova and have his book Huecheras and Heucherellas right here. The correct pronunciation is HOY-Ker-uh after Johann Heinrich von Huecher. Plants named after people are pronounced how it is pronounced by the person even if Latin would be different.

However, Dan laughed and said no one pronounces it correctly including himself just as no one pronounces Forsythia (after Mr. Forsythe) or Clivia (after Mr. Clive) correctly

    Bookmark   May 24, 2012 at 6:13PM
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Monrovia's site says this:
Botanical Pronunciation: HEW-ker-a

That's the way I've always said it, but that sure doesn't mean it's correct. :)

Here is a link that might be useful: HEW-ker-a

    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 9:25PM
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gardenfanatic(MO zone5b)

Cindy, me too! :-)


    Bookmark   May 25, 2012 at 9:51PM
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thisismelissa(z4a-S Twin Cities MN)

I read an article that said that most westerners say "hyew-ker-ah".

But then it went on to say that HOO-ker-ah is probably the more proper pronunciation.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2012 at 5:37PM
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Had typed an entire response before reading BorS.....that pretty much nails it :-) Plants named after real people should be pronounced the same as their name but we US'ers tend to mangle most names from foreign places. And there's the umpteen years of attempting to artificially latinize these names before any kind of uniformity of pronunciation was adopted.

FWIW, it may be "correct" but I've yet to hear anyone asking for a 'hoy-ker-uh' at the nursery or using that pronunciation but I hear 'hoo-ker-ah' all the time. Also 'hoo-chair-a' (emphasis on 'chair'!!).

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 8:24PM
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When naming plants I say spell it they way you want it pronounced or it's a free for all!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2012 at 9:58PM
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