Vascular Plant Herbarium

The Vascular Plant Herbarium in the department of Biological Sciences is a research and teaching resource for the study of evolution, diversity, distribution and ecology of cordilleran, prairie, arctic and alpine plants. It is the largest herbaria of its kind in Alberta, and the third largest in Western Canada. Founded in 1912, the herbarium holds more than 120,000 specimens dating from 1835 to the present and is built upon the collecting activities of faculty members and students, as well as the acquisition of outstanding amateur collections. Though global in scope, the strength of the collection lies in plants of Alberta and northern Canada.

Location and Access

B-613, Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E9

  • The collection can be accessed by students, faculty, researchers, and members of the public
  • Members of the public and school groups (K-12) are welcome to arrange a tour (maximum 15 people)
  • Contact Dorothy Fabijan to arrange an appointment or tour.

Collection Datasets