Amethyst Deceiver Laccaria amethystea
|Best Time to See||June, July, August, September, October, November|
Also known as the Red Cabbage Fungus, this deep violet mushroom makes a magical sight. It grows in scattered groups.
This smallish agaric is deep lilac when damp but drying buff-coloured. It has distant thickish gills and a fibrous stem. The cap is the same colour as the stalk and gills, and is at first convex but becoming flattened and finally depresssed with a wavy margin in older specimens.
Widespread and common in Britain and Ireland.
Various types of woodland. In coniferous or deciduous woods, often with beech.
When to see it
Late summer to early winter.
Did you know?
Although neither the odour nor taste are distinctive, it is edible and worth collecting if found in abundance.
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