|Scientific name:||Plumbago europaea L.|
|Common name:||European Leadwort|
|Hebrew name:||עופרית אירופית|
|Arabic name:||الرصاصية الأوروبية|
|Flowering Period:||June, July, August, September, October, November|
|Distribution:||Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon|
|Chorotype:||Med - Irano-Turanian|
Derivation of the botanical name:
Plumbago, Latin, plumbum, lead; agere, to resemble; Pliny suggested it was cure for lead poisoning which was a scourge in Roman cities. In France the root is steeped in olive oil by country folk and used to combat dental abscesses; hence the common name Dentallaria.
The Hebrew name: עופרית, ofrit, from עופרת, oferet, lead, related to Akkadian: abdru (name of a metal, possibly lead or magnesium).