"It's easy to misspell fuchsia, but did you know that it is also commonly mispronounced? Many know this cloud forest exotic as FYOO-shah, but the preferred pronounciation is actually FOOK-see-ah, as it is named after the 16th century German botanist, Leonard Fuchs. The fuchsia is a favorite in Bay Area gardens, and SFBG Plant Sales are a good source for the mite-resistant varieties that thrive here. Fuchsia boliviana can be found in the Meso-American Cloud Forest, the South America Garden and in this month's In Bloom feature, complete with photos, plant profile and exact locations."
That's from the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's monthly newsletter. I wondered if that was the correct pronunciation for fuchsia, which is often misspelled, or misspelt if you prefer, even on garden blogs (but not this one).
My former boss's boss trained under a man named Fuchs, pronounced Fooks, so naturally I wondered about fuchsia.
It doesn't really matter you pronounce a botanical name, because people from different places speak differently and we're all content with that. I assure you noone at the San Francisco Botanical Garden says FOOK-see-ah unless s/he's joking.
I can only think of one genus name you really want to pronounce a particular way. Do you know which one I'm talking about? It starts with a C.
And it's not Ceanothus. Which is mostly pronounced SEE-a-NO-thus. I want to call it see-ANN-ah-this. That would be my preference.
I had one other thing to say, but someone just called and I forgot what it was. I hate it when that happens.
Now I remember. I was going to say when a genus or species is named after a person, there's a stronger argument for favoring a specific pronunciation. Heuchera is another example. The man's name was Heucher, and you say it HOY-ker. So it would be HOY-ker-a, not HYOO-cher-a or HYOO-ker-a. I've pointed that out many times. But noone cares. It's something I do for me. Pedantry can be fun.