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Citrus x aurantiifolia

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
SI-trus aw-ran-tee-ah-FOL-lee-uh
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Key Lime is an artificial hybrid with dense irregular branching and dark glossy green leaves.  It will not survive outdoors in the winter and will struggle to produce fruit.

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Tags:
#houseplant#interiorscape#evergreen tree#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tropical feel
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#houseplant#interiorscape#evergreen tree#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses#tropical feel
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Citrus
    Species:
    aurantifolia
    Family:
    Rutaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    In Persian culture it is dried and used in cooking. Leaves are used for headaches and colds. Oil from lime is used in soaps, gum, and sweets.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Edibility:
    Fruit juice is edible and used in drinks, jams and jellies, and baking.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 5 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Houseplant
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Irregular
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Appendage:
    Spines
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Fruit Description:
    Spherical, green when unripe, yellow when ripe. Seedy, and has a thinner rind than persian lime.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    5 petaled white fragrant flowers
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
    Spines/Thorns
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Vomiting, diarrhea, depression; potential dermatitis. The fruit is edible, skins and plant material can cause problems.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Essential oils and psoralens
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No