Wild Lime  Zanthoxylum fagara

Originating in the hammocks of the American Tropics, wild lime has rambled its way around the Caribbean and up through Florida as far north as the central part of the state.  A member of the citrus family Rutaceae, it used to be carefully planted in butterfly gardens as a larval food for swallowtail butterflies.  

You may read on about all of the wonderful features of wild lime, but we do not sell it anymore.  It has been found to be a host plant for Citrus Greening disease, which is just another nail in the coffin of the citrus industry in this part of the state.  

Follow the links below for more information on citrus greening.

http://mgonline.com/citrus_greening_disease.html

http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/ep/citrus_greening/

http://www.doacs.state.fl.us/pi/enpp/ento/greening/hostlist.pdf

Assorted birds will stop in to crack open the shiny black seeds while they swap travel stories.

Wild lime is an ideal component of a naturalized screening, where over time it will create an absolutely impenetrable thicket, approximately twenty-five feet high by fifteen feet, or so, wide, and guaranteed to thwart, in an intimidating fashion, even the most determined of trespassers.

Call me a coward, but I would rather face the gnashing, flesh-ripping, bone-cracking teeth of a thousand fully-crazed, salivating, rabid pit-bulls than the thorns of a single, itty-bitty wild lime.

In the photos below is a wall that only Olympic pole vaulters will be able to surmount. 

Naturalize your property lines with wild lime and then retreat to a safe distance.

 

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Last updated:  12/20/2011