Author: Jan Scholten
663.63.16 Plumbago europaea
English: Plumbago; European leadwort; Molybdaina.
Names: Latin plumbum = lead, agere = resemble.
Use: lead-blue flower colour, stains on skin, Pliny's belief that the plant was a cure for lead poisoning.
Botany: calyx hairs secrete a sticky mucilage, trapping and killing insects.
Use: beggars employ Plumbago europea to raise ulcers on their body to excite pity.
Absurd life, empty acts.
Food: < lead poisoning.