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Lime Prickly Ash
Coastal and south Texas; tropical Americas
About This Plant
Part shade or sun. Strongly evergreen, even in very cold temperatures, with prickly branches and a mounding form. The compound leaves bear distinctive wings along the rachis and, as the name suggests, they do smell like lime.
In the tropics, colima can grow to tree form, but in South Texas it tends to remain shrub-like in sand or clay. It has been used in remedies and natural toothpastes; the chewed leaves tend to numb the mouth. Look for it at nurseries specializing in native plants, especially in the Rio Grande Valley.