Plumbago zeylanica (ʻIlieʻe)
Plumbaginaceae | Rain
Grows low to ground, spreads around, white flowers
Dry forests and sandy areas
The ancient Hawaiians used the slightly poisonous roots in small doses to ease toothaches and made a paste from the leaves and stems to help sores.
Ancient Hawaiians used the sap to make tattoos. Because the plant could only be found in particular places, one would use an ʻilieʻe tattoo to prove they had been to a certain island.