By Amy Weiss
Jun 1 2021
Labels are as important to a herbarium specimen as the plant, algae, or fungus itself. A good label tells you who collected this specimen, where it was collected, and when. A great label goes beyond those basics: descriptive details of that might be lost after drying, the habitat where it grows, known uses, what other species might be growing nearby.
While functional, labels can also have a great design. Interesting colors, font choices, or decorative elements all catch my eye when I'm looking through specimens. Here's a collection of labels in colors of the rainbow.