Citrus aurantiifolia
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Citrus aurantiifolia


  family rutaceae 
  genus citrus 

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Genus  Citrus Species  aurantiifolia Variety  Cultivar  Common names  lime Family  RUTACEAE Specimen number  S11301 Data source  HtZn p96;MedPl p188
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Evergreen Stature  Tree Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  8' - 30' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 09a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 20� Fahrenheit. Citrus aurantiifolia needs summer days with high heat. The optimal soil texture for Lime is one that is rich. This plant likes full sun. It likes moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  contraceptive   bitter   carminative   antiscorbutic   sedative   digestive tonic   antispasmodic   sedative   cardiotonic Medicinal parts  Fruit   Peel   Leaves   Flowers   Seeds   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  yes Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Citrus aurantiifolia has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as a contraceptive, as a bitter, as a carminative and as an antiscorbutic. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. Lime should only be used under professional guidance. The fruit as well as the peel and the leaves and the flowers and the seeds and the essential oil are used in herbal preparations.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  fragrant flowers Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Citrus aurantiifolia is a woody perennial. Lime is evergreen. Flowers: This plant has tiny flowers. The flowers are typically of a white color.

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