It is in our nature. The oldest, dated collection of plants at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, Arborum, fruticum et herbarum flores et folia in insula Gothlandia collecta annis by Antonius Christophori Munchenberg.
Coloured pen drawing of the Emperor Charlemagne kneeling in front of a plant pierced by an arrow. The plant is called 'Carlina' and the caption explains that an angel advised Charlemagne to eat it in order to be purged of poison.
Herbs: Codex Sloane 4016 is a century Italian parchment manuscript belonging to a class of books known as herbals. Miniature of plants, including a mandrake plant with a naked male body as the root (Tractatus de Herbis - Sloane 4016 f.