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Zanthoxylum fagara – Wild lime

Wild Lime (Zanthoxylum fagara)

Family: Rutaceae
Subfamily: Toddalioideae
Plant type: tree

Native to Florida


The wild lime, also known as lime prickly ash, Colima, correosa, uña degato, and cat’s claw, is a small to medium tree growing between 10 to 20 feet in height.  Highly drought tolerant, the wild lime, which can also be grown as a shrub, prefers full sun, and moist, well-drained sandy or limestone soils.  Growing all year, with its peak between winter and summer, the wild lime produces fragrant greenish-yellow flowers along with a small fruit.  The wild lime serves as a larval host plant for the giant and Schaus’ Swallowtail butterflies.