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Sunday - April 11, 2010

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Non-Natives
Title: Pronunciation of non-native mutabilis from Austin
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

How do you pronounce the rose name, "mutabilis"? Some friends say "mu TAB ilis" and others say "muta BIL is". Which is it? Thanks!

ANSWER:

The Mutabilis rose is native to ancient China, and therefore out of our range of expertise at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. We're not phonetics experts either, and since a quick search found no pronunciation guide for the word, we would say you can pronounce it any way you like.
 

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