Plants in Medieval Herbals

Professionally, I'm a botanist / plant ecologist. Medieval understandings and depictions of plants have a great fascination for me, though I'm not particularly interested in modern herbalism. I'm a strong proponent of the use of modern botanical nomenclature (as much as possible) when discussing plants, medieval or otherwise. My article on modern botany for the medievalist covers the basics.

Many libraries are putting images of their manuscript holdings online, providing an invaluable resource. I've listed a few, and will continue to add more as I come across them.

Links to online manuscripts: