Hocus pocus Rachel recently posted problems with pronunciation of plants which led me to procure a guide to Latin names and guises.
Now I've been growing my red hot pokers for years as seen in the photo attached (Kniphophia) Knife-Ofia, only to be told on the Garden TV show to Niff-offia. Lovely I thought but never mind there's always my Geums, sorry was that Jee ums.
Then the old Latin lessons came in from school to haunt us with the posh pronunciation of Clematis from the verb (Clem) to climb:
Clemo I climb Clem-mow
Clemas Thou climb Clem-ass
Clemat He climbs Clem- at
Clemamus We climb Clem-ahmus
Clematis You climb Clem-ahtis
Clemant They climb Clem-ant
Therefore your Clem attis or Clem Haytis is wrong, it is Clem-ah-tis or almost regal like Clem-ar-tis sounds more correct.
Alas I remember when I first bought the nursery back in 1984 and the vendor left a lot of old stock that we
thought wasn't worth purchasing, so I wandered over and said to him - "Not really interested in all those
'Cotton Easters' to which I was abruptly corrected as ' Co-tony-asters' are a very valuable landscape shrub particularly for wildlife endearment. Knew what endearment meant, knew nothing about wildlife (thought that was me on my motorbike). Thank goodness for education and experience.
What's in a name? Or is it all HOKE-US - POKE-US