Amethyst Deceiver Laccaria amethystea

Status
Best Time to See June, July, August, September, October, November
Colour Purple
Habitat Woodland

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.

Distribution

Widespread and common in Britain and Ireland.

Habitat

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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