Puffball (Common) Lycoperdon perlatum

Status Green - Least concern
Best Time to See September, October, November
Habitat Woodland

This puffball mushroom has a top covered in short spines which quickly rub off leaving mosaic like pattern.

At maturity, a hole opens at the top. When the puffball is compressed - whether by raindrops, a passing animal or human touch - a cloud of spores burst out.


It grows on the ground in woods under hardwoods or conifers, but is also common along roadsides and in urban settings.

When to see

Summer and autumn.

Did you know?

In Tibet, the ashes of puffballs were used to make ink.

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