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|Positive ||kathy__bee ||On Oct 12, 2011, kathy__bee from Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This tree grows wild in shady creek areas here in TX from Dallas to Beaumont. It is well known in the country as the 'tickle tongue' tree. A small piece of bark will make your tongue/lips numb. Not a particularly pretty or interesting tree, but good as a swallowtail food plant.
|Positive ||bordersandjacks ||On Apr 17, 2011, bordersandjacks from Seabrook, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:
Rather funky plant. I like it. I agree with the other poster that the GST caterpillars prefer this to the other citrus larval food plants in the yard. Possibly the numbing affect transfers to them and gives them some protection from predators?
I have it at the back of a tropical looking border, so it's not too obvious when the leaves are munched off several times a year. The flowers are somewhat insignificant.
|Positive ||traceybarger ||On Jul 16, 2009, traceybarger from Sibley, LA wrote:
I live in North Louisiana and I have what seems like thousands of Hercules Clubs growing in and around my yard... I can't get rid of them!!! I have been somewhat frustrated with them until tonight, my hubby has a horrible toothache & I realized we literally have a yard FULL of "Toothache Trees"! It must have worked because he quit whining & is now asleep... YAY!!! But I do have a bunch of "thorn holes" in my hands from picking leaves in the dark! That woulda happened even if it had been high noon, those suckers are mean! And they taste pretty funky, but if it works who cares!?!
|Neutral ||gooley ||On Jul 11, 2009, gooley from Hawthorne, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
The national co-champion is near me, in Gainesville, in an area known as Sugarfoot Hammock. The other co-champion is in Texas. Yet another native tree I should get. If a champion tree can grow fifteen miles away...
|Positive ||scotjute ||On Mar 16, 2009, scotjute from Moody, TX wrote:
It grows wild near Waco on blackland prairie. We have left one in backyard near fence as it is somewhat picturesque. Have noticed birds eating the seeds.
|Positive ||asafla ||On Jan 27, 2008, asafla from Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Host plant in Florida for GST butterfly. Although it has lethal thorns the larva prefer it over other host plants that I've offered. Slow grower...
|Neutral ||temblor ||On Oct 15, 2006, temblor from Fort Lauderdale, FL wrote:
Said to be host plant (wild lime) for Giant Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Midland City, Alabama
Merritt Island, Florida
Saint George, Florida
Skidaway Island, Georgia
Seabrook, South Carolina
Dalworthington Gardens, Texas
De Leon, Texas
Hawk Cove, Texas
Mobile City, Texas
Plano, Texas (2 reports)
Roman Forest, Texas