Plumbago zeylanica

Plumbago zeylanica (ʻIlieʻe)

Plumbaginaceae | Rain

Native To:

Hawaii, Indigenous

Plant Status:

Secure

Plant Habit:

Grows low to ground, spreads around, white flowers

Plant Habitat:

Dry forests and sandy areas

Cultural Uses

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.

Interesting Fact

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.

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