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Wild-lime, Colina, Lime Pricklyash
|Size:||5-20 ft tall by 3-12 ft wide|
|Life Span:||Long-lived perennial|
|Phenology:||Evergreen. Inconspicuous flowers mostly winter-spring. Fruits ripen in summer-early fall. Moderately long lived (Nelson 2003).|
|Noted for:||Aroma, fragrance, Interesting foliage, Thorns|
|Recommended Uses:||Hedge, buffer or screen plant where its thorns will be an asset. Foliage is aromatic. This author has one growing as a specimen plant and loves its shape and the shiny green rather lacey foliage.|
|Considerations:||Very sharp thorns.|
|Availability:||Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales|
|Light:||Full Sun, Part Shade|
always floodedextremely dry
|(Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)|
|Moisture Tolerance:||Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods|
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:||Tolerant of occasional/brief inundation such as can occur in storm surges.|
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:||Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.|
|Soil or other substrate:||Lime rock, Sand|
Provides wildlife cover.
Fruit is used by birds and other wildlife.
Larval host for giant swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) and Schaus' swallowtail (Heraclides aristodemus)in southern Florida.
|Native Habitats:||Hammocks. Scrub.|
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Ethnobotany:||Fruit is edible, but is also a numbing agent. Powdered bark, leaves or fruit can be used as a spice. Wood is used for making furniture.|
|General Comments:||Fragrant flowers and crushed foliage smells like limes. Dioecious: male and female flowers are on separate plants.|