Honey fungus: identifying mushrooms

Mushrooms and toadstools change as they age, so it can be difficult to identify them. Honey fungus can kill garden plants. Here’s how to check if a mushroom is likely to be honey fungus.

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Ideal honey fungus mushrooms for making a spore print.

Quick facts

  • Colour honey-beige-brown
  • Pale gills
  • Pale spore print
  • Typically stem of constant thickness along its length (Armillaria gallica can be bulbous)
  • Grows in clumps
  • Grows near a source of dead or dying (and sometimes apparently healthy) plant material

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