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Pictures of Wild Mushrooms and Fungus

My grandpa loved gardening. I learned much from him. To this day I enjoy puttering around in our garden, growing plants for beauty and food.


Wild Mushrooms and Fungi

This post will show pictures of wild mushrooms and fungi appearing in our home garden plus elsewhere. Some of these infrequent guests that seem to pop up overnight when the conditions are right are stunningly beautiful, or at the least, they're unusual and worthy of note.

A few pictures of ones that have shown up in our backyard on occasion are pictured here. I have not yet captured the unusual oranges- to reddish-colored ones that always seem to appear during the Christmas season in our front yard. Perhaps I'll try to get some photos this year and add them to this post later.

My very talented and artistic cousin Bill Gullickson, who lives in Peoria, Illinois, emailed me photos of wild mushrooms and fungi that he has captured on film in woods where he takes frequent walks. People reading this article will see a much greater diversity of beautifully shaped and colored mushrooms than the ones merely appearing in our garden, thanks to Bill's photographic efforts and his willingness to share his pictures with others.

The tiny mushrooms pictured in the first three photos above are like small translucent parasols. They are, on average, no more than about two inches high and primarily show up in a rock garden area of our yard. When the sun hits them, they rapidly seem to curl up and disappear back into the ground from which they sprung. So seeing these very elusive little umbrella-shaped mushrooms is a treat that does not last long.


In reading about mushrooms, the word "mycelium" was used.

The AOL dictionary describes mycelium in the following terms: It is "the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host)."

These interconnected, woven, mat-like strands of cells can cover small areas or huge ones covering multiple acres of land. Mycelium is also inside the roots of some trees. While most of it may be unseen, it does the job of filtering needed nutrients and recycling them.

More About Mushrooms

Mushrooms are like the fruits of a fungus. They produce spores similar to seeds. Wind or even other animals who have come in contact with them spread the spores.

Mycorrhizal mushrooms and the roots of living trees where they become attached mutually benefit from the relationship. Besides increasing the water and nutrient absorption to the trees or their roots, mycorrhizal mushrooms also offer some resistance to other plant pathogens, thus helping to protect the trees. Therefore, these types of mushrooms are symbiotic.

Have you ever noticed rings of mushrooms growing around trees? Those are undoubtedly mycorrhizal mushrooms living on and aiding the roots of those trees.

This function is the prime role that all mushrooms and fungi do. They continually recycle essential nutrients to the soil or their hosts.

Parasitic mushrooms reside on living plants and can often end up killing their hosts. However, they still have some value. Taxol, the potent anti-cancer drug found to be effective in treating breast cancer, comes from a parasitic mushroom as an example.

Saprophytic mushrooms recycle already dead plant material. Some of the mushrooms pictured above appear in the shredded pine bark we use as mulch in our garden beds. Undoubtedly they are saprophytic mushrooms doing their job of speeding up the breakdown of that mulch. No wonder we have to top-dress our mulch every year because it seems to disappear!

Most of the gourmet mushrooms that are offered up for sale and eaten each year are saprophytic. Oyster mushrooms are an example.

The attractive mushrooms photographed above were on the side of our yard one day. They seemed to be growing right out of the soil. There was no mulch or apparent rotting wood nearby.

In that last photo, I had moved them, broke them in half, and laid them on a mulched area to take the picture. I have no idea what type of mushrooms they were, but they were very substantial and fleshy.

Above is a stunning array of different varieties of mushrooms showing distinctive forms, colors, and textures. I have my cousin Bill to thank for these pictures.

Harvesting Mushrooms

When I was a child growing up in the countryside of Wisconsin, there were nearby woods. Under one particular tree in the Spring of the year, we found some morel mushrooms that seemed to thrive in that one spot. The best description of how morel mushrooms appear is that of a sea sponge.

Each year that became a singular dining event when the morels were picked and eaten. My mother sauteed them in butter, and they were delicious.

The very last year, before my parents relocated to Texas, we were informed by a Native American lady who lived nearby that the puffballs that we kids had been playing with for years were edible. We would pick the white globe-like mushrooms and would throw the puffballs onto the ground with some force. They would explode in a "puff" of smokiness. Possibly that is how they received their name?

The puffballs were delicious! Had we only known that they were edible, we could have harvested free mushrooms for many months of the year. The puffballs would grow to diameters of between 8 to 24 inches, so were large mushrooms. They matured in the Fall of the year and were very abundant where we happened to live.

I would never encourage anyone to pick and eat wild mushrooms without being sure of what one is doing. There are many look-alike mushrooms, and some are very poisonous. Be safe, rather than sorry!


Perhaps you will look at mushrooms in the stores or growing wild with a little more understanding of the important nature of their job.

To recap:

  • Mushrooms are a source of food.
  • They help break down decaying organisms and redistribute nutrients.
  • There are medicinal uses for mushrooms, and they are also used in some cases of toxic waste cleanups.

Hopefully, you have enjoyed these pictures of the various types of mushrooms, fungi, and especially all the wild ones provided so graciously by my cousin Bill as well as those taken by me.

A friend sent me the photos below and wants to see if anyone can identify this type of mushroom. They look similar to an underbaked pizza. If anyone reading this knows the answer, please use the comment section below to write the name of them. Thanks!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Is a mushroom, a mushroom or a fungus and if so what might have caused it?

Answer: All mushrooms come from the fungus family but not all fungus is a mushroom. Mushrooms reproduce by the dissemination of spores. Mushrooms get their nutrients from dead and decaying organic matter. So if spores have been spread by a mushroom it may lie dormant until such a time as it can start its composting of some type of available material.

Question: What causes mushrooms to appear in the yard?

Answer: Mushrooms like to grow on decaying matter. They also thrive in moist and humid conditions. If your yard is shaded and has heavy soil such as clay, and has poor drainage, you are more likely to see mushrooms growing.

Question: I have a dead oak that has been carved in my front yard. I have a horrifying growth of white/tan mushrooms surrounding the tree base. I have dug them up and applied fungicide to the base, but they return in greater numbers each year. They are tall, and the stalk is thick, some as thick as a man's thumb. I don't want them to consume and rot out the base of this beautiful carving! Can I use lime? Gas? Fill in with cement? Help!

Answer: You may be pleased to know that your mushrooms may be helping to protect and nourish the roots of your tree. Look up Mycorrhiza on Wikipedia to learn more. In most cases, those types of mushrooms are symbiotic and improve soil conditions. It would be almost impossible to eliminate the massive underground network of fungi. If I am correct, you would not want to do so in any case.

Now if you had mushrooms growing directly on your dead tree carving, that would be different. That type of fungus would be actively doing its job of helping to decompose the wood. I hope this helps!

Question: How do I get rid of mushrooms, and how do I know if they are poisonous?

Answer: Just plucking mushrooms from your yard will not necessarily get rid of them since much of it grows below the ground. That being said, it can help. If you let a mushroom mature, spores will be released which can cause more mushrooms to grow. Digging them out and removing their matted roots below the ground can help. Do not throw mushrooms onto a compost pile. Instead, put them into a plastic bag and discard in the garbage. Make sure your ground drains well and has no standing water. Add sand to heavy clay soils. Aerate your lawn. De-thatch it. Remove decaying branches, grass clippings, pet waste and the like. Soapy water can sometimes help to eliminate mushrooms as can nitrogen fertilizers.

As to how to know if a mushroom is poisonous, that is not as easy to answer. Just assume that most of them are poisonous to be on the safe side. If you intend to consume them, read books and consult with experts. There are many edible mushrooms, but there are also many that are poisonous. Some of them look similar. I would rather err on the side of safety. Hope that answers some of your questions.

Question: What are the penis-shaped mushrooms growing under my tree?

Answer: That phallic-shaped mushroom which has a foul odor much like rotting flesh has the name Phallus impudicus. It is also known as the common stinkhorn. Flies and other insects are attracted by its smell and are responsible for spreading the spores.

Question: I found a mushroom growing in my yard. The mushroom has a flat tan top with yellow gills, do you know what it could be?

Answer: From your description of a tan top and yellow gills, it might be a Boletus subtomentosus (Yellow-cracking Bolete), but it could also be something else. I would hesitate to give you a definite answer as to what type of mushroom you are describing.

Question: After having an egg color from the beginning, what causes wild mushrooms to become dark in color?

Answer: As most mushrooms age they slowly turn darker in color.

Question: I am trying to identify a mushroom that no one seems to know anything about. White soft ball, somewhat slimy, grows under soil then gets bigger and bursts open with red loops that break the ground. They end up with 4 loops that meet in the middle and make arches. It's really pretty and looks velvety. They get about 12 inches before they start to shrivel up. Would you have any clues?

Answer: It might be a Cordyceps militaris type of fungus. Here are several links informing you about this particular type of mushroom. Let me know if this is the type of mushroom you have spotted in your area. Thanks!



Question: I am trying to identify mushrooms growing in my backyard and want to know if they are poisonous. They are amber/orange in color and small with smooth caps with gills underneath the caps. These mushrooms grow alone and in small groups. I live in the Bay Area of California. Can you help me in identifying them and how to get rid of them?

Answer: Just assume all mushrooms are poisonous unless you are truly confident that they are not. It is better to be safe than sorry.

As to identifying the ones you have growing in your yard, it would be difficult to do that just from your description.

Regarding eliminating them, that is also difficult. Most mushrooms have a vast underground growth system, and given the right conditions, they appear at times and continually spread their spores. You probably notice that under more humid conditions they seem to appear more often.

© 2009 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2020:

Hi Carolyn,

It is a difficult question to answer without seeing the mushroom. Have you tried matching it up online, or consulting a book featuring mushrooms? Good luck in identifying it. It does sound pretty.

carolyn halliburton on April 08, 2020:

pink and white 12 inches wide across in my yard beautiful what is this mushroom

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 08, 2020:

Hi Monica,

You seem to know your edible mushrooms. That is great. One must be sure when eating mushrooms harvested in the wild.

Monica Bawane on April 07, 2020:

Mushroom of Carmel color from upside, and white from side. Grown on tree is edible

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2020:

Hello wiserworld,

I am pleased that you liked the photos of the mushrooms.

wiserworld on March 07, 2020:

Great pics and close-ups of the backyard mushrooms. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 22, 2019:

Hi Teri,

Some websites indicate you could take a photo of a mushroom and submit it for identification. I have never personally used one of them, but you might wish to give it a try. Good luck!

Teri Songerath on September 22, 2019:

My yard is very shaded and I find all kinds of fungi growing. I came across some today that are as big or bigger than my fist. They are a shiny burnished copper outside and purple on the inside. Beautiful. Any clue what they are?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 14, 2019:

Hi Lori,

I am pretty sure that I found out what it is. This type of wood-decaying fungus is called Ganoderma lucidum. Look at the second photo on this Wikipedia site and see if you agree. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ganoderma

Lori on September 13, 2019:

I was wondering if you knew the name of the mushroom pictured growing on your redwood tree stump. It looks like one growing on an old tree stump in my yard and I’m trying to identify it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2018:

Hello, donandjoan1963,

Some mushrooms do smell bad to attract flies and other insects which then transmit their spores to other places. That may or may not be the mushroom you have in your yard. A stinkhorn is one such mushroom.

From what I have read, the best way to keep mushrooms from spreading is to pick and discard them as soon as you spot them. That way they will not keep spreading their spores.

You cannot do much about what they are feeding upon under the ground, but you can keep your lawn dethatched and aerated.

If the ground is routinely moist that can help mushrooms grow so cut back on watering of your lawn to see if that helps.

Some people report that using a nitrogen fertilizer might help. It will help your grass grow better and help to decompose lawn clippings, etc. If the mushroom actually killed the grass your only recourse is to plant more or hope the adjacent grass fills in the blank spot.

Good luck!

donandjoan1963@att.net on October 09, 2018:

peggy woods

i am trying to find out about a mushroom growing in my yard and i can't find a picture of it it gets big and it's brown on top and very black and smelly underneath it will turn the grass black and slimly and it stinks so bad it smell like a dead animal if you let it die it kills the grass and a nasty black mess is left .. when someone comes to visit they tell there is a dead animal around and when i tell them it's a mushroom they don't believe me ...can you PLEASE tell me about them and how i can get rid of them ???

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

I am like you and would not dare eat a wild picked mushroom unless I was absolutely certain that it was not poisonous. There are apparently too many look-alikes out there! We also use mushrooms often in our cooking.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 21, 2018:

Some great images and information here thanks Peggy. I love cooking with mushrooms but dare not pick to eat as so many are dangerous. Then there are the magic mushrooms.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 20, 2018:

Hi Monique,

Thanks for commenting about your discovery of those mushrooms. It is fun finding instances of them growing like that. There are so many shapes and sizes!

Monique on September 20, 2018:

I found a mushroom in New Brunswick Canada and it was in clusters under apple trees. They are large and off shape caps and beige large stems. The top is beige with a brown spot on the top

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 12, 2018:

Hi Marsha,

It must have been fun spotting and then identifying that acorn flower mushroom. I will have to look that one up to see what it looks like. I would always err on the side of caution and never eat a wild mushroom unless you are 100% sure it is not poisonous.

Marsha Meroney on September 11, 2018:

We just saw the most unusual mushrooms at my dentist's office front bed. I looked them up and they're acorn flower mushrooms. I couldn't find any information on them, only a picture. I was curious if they're edible. I had never seen any like them before.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 13, 2018:

Hi Natalie,

I am not an expert with regard to correctly identifying mushrooms or fungus as to whether they are poisonous or non-poisonous. Some poisonous ones mimic the non-poisonous mushrooms so I would err on the side of safety and assume that most of them are indeed poisonous. Never eat a wild mushroom unless you are absolutely certain that it is a safe one to consume.

Good luck in identifying those found in your yard.

Natalie Bloss on August 12, 2018:

I was walking in our yard and came across a few different growths that appear to be "mushrooms or a fungus". Can you please give your best opinion as to what these could be and if they are poisonous.

My mom and I have spent hours and days researching these and we are stumped.

Can you please help us?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2018:

Hi Frank,

I find mushrooms to be so interesting as well as tasty. Glad you liked this and will think of it when eating your steak smothered in mushrooms dinner. :)

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 12, 2018:

this was fascinating.. Love the details and the photos.. I love mushrooms.. but never realized how many different and some beautiful.. Now really going to think of this hub when they pour mushrooms all over my steak... hmmm thank you.. I think :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2018:

Hi Bill Thomas,

There are so many different types of mushrooms some of which resemble coral. One type is a Chanterelle Meadow Coral Ramariopsis Mushroom. Another is a Forest Floor Goatee Keulenpilz Coral-like Mushroom. There are probably many others as well. It sounds like you were having some fun spotting mushrooms on that trail in the Hudson River Gorge.

Bill Thomas on April 11, 2018:

One picture I saw was of a mushroom that looks like white coral. I saw this one off trail in the Hudson River Gorge between Indian Lake and North Creek. Still do not know what it is.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2017:

Hi Ruth Phrr,

The mushroom you are referring to is called a Phallus impudicus also known as a common stinkhorn. According to Wikipedia "Despite its foul smell, it is not poisonous and immature mushrooms are consumed in parts of France and Germany." It is certainly unusual looking! We have recently had some of them growing in some of our mulched beds.

Peggy Woods on December 03, 2017:

Hi Ruth Phrr,

We have had some of those same mushrooms in some of our mulched beds. It is called a Phallus impudicus also known as a common stinkhorn. According to Wikipedia "Despite its foul smell, it is not poisonous and immature mushrooms are consumed in parts of France and Germany." They certainly are unusual looking!

Ruth Phrr on December 03, 2017:

Today, I found a mushroom/fungi in my yard. It stands tall and looks like a penis and smell really foul. Can you identify it. I have not been able to find a pic on the web.

Peggy Woods on November 09, 2017:

Hi Roberta,

Haha! Loved your joke regarding why the mushroom is so popular. It has me smiling. Thanks!

RTalloni on November 08, 2017:

What a neat look at mushrooms. Thanks for sharing interesting info and some of your experience with these amazing plant-like organisms. Really enjoyed the next to last shot from underneath. I've tried doing that but the results were not what you got! By the way, do you know why the mushroom is so popular? He's a fungi! (Sorry. Sort of. :) I couldn't help myself.)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 01, 2016:

Hi Rebecca,

It is amazing all the shapes and sizes as well as colors that are in the mushroom family. Morel mushrooms are delicious to eat. Did you feel safe enough to cook with it?

Rebecca on October 31, 2016:

Much to my surprise, had a form in my garden that resembled a male part. Since it appeared at Halloween, many of my friends thought I had planted it. Checked mushrooms and sure enough there it was, a Morrell.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2015:

Hello Rangoon House,

Nice that you also get to admire some of these beauties that occasionally pop up in your garden overnight. Mushrooms are fascinating! Thanks for your comment.

AJ from Australia on April 18, 2015:

I love your photographs. I too have fungi that appears overnight in my garden and I always stop to admire it in all its different forms.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 16, 2015:

Hi Au fait,

That neighbor woman who came from native American stock specifically pointed out the puffballs that were growing in the woods around our home in Wisconsin and told us that they were edible. We suffered no ill effects but I am certainly not advising anyone to start harvesting and eating what they deem to be puffballs. Perhaps there are different varieties?

I like onions also and I love the combination of sauteed onions and mushrooms as an accompaniment to steak or hamburger.

Glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for the shares.

C E Clark from North Texas on April 14, 2015:

I have seen some of these varieties but many of them are new to me. Some of them are pretty, and all are interesting. I love mushrooms almost as much as onions and onions are my favorite veggie. I wonder which of these mushrooms/fungi are safe to eat? I've always been told the puff balls are poisonous.

Voted up, interesting,and pinned twice. Once on Awesome HubPages and again on my 'White II' board. Also shared with followers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2015:

Hi Roberta,

You are like me. I simply admire the various shapes, sizes and colors of wild mushrooms whenever I spot them. We are having a soggy week with lots of rain so many more will be popping up in the near future, I am sure.

RTalloni on April 13, 2015:

Knock, knock. Who's there? Mushroom. Mushroom who? You know, that fun guy in the kitchen. All jokes aside, I enjoyed this because I also like to take photos of mushrooms. I don't really know why because I don't use them for anything (like a neat hub) but somehow, mushrooms in the wild speak to me…and I'm not trying to be funny here. They are so unique that they stand out, calling to be noticed. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2015:

Hi poetryman6969,

We stick to purchasing our mushrooms in grocery stores also to be safe. It would be wonderful to have the knowledge to be able to safely harvest them from the wild.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

It is fun to be able to photograph these beauties or at least admire them when spotted. We should have more mushrooms popping up because the forecast is for a good chance of rain every day for the next week here in Houston. Will be nice for the ground to be getting that much water. Hopefully it will be a nice steady rain so as to avoid flooding. Thanks for all the shares! Sending best wishes with angels your way!

poetryman6969 on April 10, 2015:

Love gorgeous nature pictures like these. Definitely some fungal infestations that I have never seen. Of course it can be dangerous to just put stuff in your mouth but I have read that a lot of mushrooms can be very good for you. We stick to the store bought so that we are safe.

Voted up.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 09, 2015:

Your photos are superb. It is such a thrill (at least to me) to find these treasures on a day when I have my camera at the ready.

Fortunately I have seen most of these up close and personal but there are a few that I am viewing for the first time right here on your page.

Awesome, Peggy

Voted up up and away shared and googe + and twitter and pinned to Awesome HubPages

Angels are on the way to you once again this evening ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2015:

Hi Suzanne,

I agree with you that the different configurations and colors of mushrooms can be fascinating and also beautiful. Appreciate the votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on April 08, 2015:

It is amazing - the many different configurations of mushrooms. They are fascinating and surprising! :) Voted up and interesting!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 22, 2014:

Hi Isabelle,

Thanks for putting a name to that mushroom which quite often sprouts up in our yard. It never lasts long...not even a day.

Isabelle on December 21, 2014:

That one mushroom that you said is small parasol shaped and translucent, I believe is the Japanese umbrella mushroom.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 20, 2014:

Hi Kit,

I can't answer you as to what type of mushroom it is. If it is growing between cracks in the concrete one way in which you might succeed in ridding yourself of it is to pour salt in that area after pulling it up. Salt kills most weeds and might work on mushroom spores the same way. Just make sure it is not near grass or other things that you wish to live since salt can kill other things as well.

Kit on July 19, 2014:

I have a fungus growing in a crack between my driveway and garage floor. It looks almost like a loaf of French bread, 12" or so long and then spreads out like a pizza, turns light tan color and develops red pepperoni-like circles. We live in San Diego CA. Any idea what this is and how to get rid of it?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 15, 2014:

Hello Roxanna Surfus,

I am not sure what the name of that particular mushroom is but I am impressed that you counted the numbers to even ask me. Hope you find the answer elsewhere.

Roxanna Surfus on July 15, 2014:

What is picture 15 of 51 called?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 07, 2014:

Hi Janet,

No natural mulch lasts forever and those mushrooms are just doing their job of breaking it down which will eventually make it into your soil enriching it. Don't worry! It is a natural process. That is why most people who use mulch have to continue top dressing it every so often. We do it annually in our climate of Houston.

Janet on July 07, 2014:

Peggy, I have these ear like mushrooms/fungi??? growing in my newly landscaped flower bed. Does this mean the Leaf Compost, Sphagnum peat, or mulch is bad? Should I be worried?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2014:

Hi Alicia,

Glad you liked this. I was fascinated with your article regarding lichens and invite everyone to click on that link if they wish to become better informed. They are a fascinating subjects...both mushrooms and lichens.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 01, 2014:

I love the photos, Peggy! They're beautiful. This is a very attractive and very interesting article. I love seeing pictures of wild mushrooms. They are such fascinating organisms. Thanks for creating this hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 09, 2013:

Hello iguidenetwork,

Glad you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on October 04, 2013:

I like your hub! Some of those look like flowers or corals. I know most of the pretty-looking mushrooms are poisonous but still we had to have a mushroom expert if we have to look for edible ones. Thanks for posting! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 28, 2013:

Hello Mahipala,

I wish I had your knowledge of being able to safely pick wild mushrooms. I do know what a morel mushroom looks like and in Wisconsin we picked some each year. Nice that they are being farmed so that more people can enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

Mahipala on August 28, 2013:

i love wild mushrooms and tveral over 300 miles to pick certain varieties! You can get morels in certain grocery stores they are widely farmed now adays.mushroom picker for over 25 yearsretired chefcook book author

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 13, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

Just wish I knew more about which mushrooms are safe to eat and which are not. We do purchase a good many at our grocery stores! They certainly are pretty! Thanks for your comment and votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 11, 2013:

Mushrooms are very interesting and pretty! It would be fun to have a specific area of the yard kept cool and moist to collect them! :) Voted up and interesting!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

Your hub about mushrooms...the edible kind...was certainly a good one. So very happy to link it to this one about the wild mushrooms...some of which are also edible. Mushrooms and fungi can certainly be beautiful. Thanks for your votes, share and link back to your hub as well. Appreciate it!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 05, 2013:

Beautiful hub and lovely pictures of these angelic beauties. They certainly are a delight to watch.

Voted up, interesting and shared too. I'm including a link to this hub in my mushroom hub Peggy. Thanks for linking my hub to this one.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 31, 2012:

Hi Annette,

I know what you mean about San Antonio offering much in the way of history, culture and diversity. I miss our frequent visits over there! I do like the pines and azaleas, etc. over here. Both cities have their pluses.

Annette R. Smith from Ocala, Florida on August 31, 2012:

Peggy, we haven't visited Los Patios yet -- there is so much to see and do here! Such history, culture and diversity. I've enjoyed our first year in San Antonio but I miss the tall pines and lovely azaleas in northwest Houston.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 31, 2012:

Hi Annette,

The climate in Houston, and nearby Tomball is definitely more humid than San Antonio would be with regard to having wild mushrooms growing. Loved going over to San Antonio when my mother-in-law lived there. It is a great city! One of our favorite places (in case you have not discovered it) is Los Patios. Wrote a hub about it in case you want a preview. We often dined there on weekends and enjoyed those gorgeous grounds. How do you like living there?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 31, 2012:

Hi Suzie HQ,

So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about the various mushrooms. I'll bet that your collection of wooden mushrooms is beautiful with the different wood grains. Wood carving is quite a talent and each piece of wood determines what can be made from it. Quite some artistry on the part of the wood carvers. Thanks for the votes and the share.

Annette R. Smith from Ocala, Florida on August 31, 2012:

What lovely pictures, Peggy. The images remind me of the mushrooms my husband and I would see on the hiking trail at Burroughs Park, when we lived in Tomball. We don't see many mushrooms here in San Antonio, where the climate is a bit more dry. Voted up and beautiful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 31, 2012:

Hello MyMastiffPuppies,

It is amazing just how many different kinds of mushrooms and fungi exist in the wild. So glad that you enjoyed these photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

ignugent17 on August 31, 2012:

Enjoyed the pictures. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on August 31, 2012:

Wow Peggy, what a stunning article you have put together! The work that you have put in here is fantastic! Photos of your mushrooms and your cousins are incredible, I too was thinking umbrella for the paper thin one shown near the beginning!

Any magic mushrooms at your place then Peggy? Could be money in them!!

I have always had a fascination with mushrooms and have over 100 wooden ones - all sizes, woods and shapes! Bought at craft fairs mostly from wood turners. Great hub, voted up, interesting, beautiful and sharing!!!!

MyMastiffPuppies on August 30, 2012:

Wow, never knew there were so many different varieties of mushrooms. The pictures are awesome! Voted up across the board, thanks for sharing...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 30, 2012:

Hi Mary,

I am amazed at the beauty and diversity of mushrooms found in our yard and elsewhere. I have some fungi growing on our Redbud tree right now. Will have to take some photos. To err on the side of safety, we do not eat any of them. Wish I knew which ones would be safe to eat because we love eating mushrooms. Thanks for your comment, votes and share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 30, 2012:

Wow! I had no idea Mushrooms could be so beautiful. I don't think we have all those types here in Fl. We do have some, but none as beautiful as the ones you have pictured. I'd be afraid of eating any of them, though. Guess you just have to know the good from the bad.

I voted this Hub UP, etc., and will share of course.


Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 06, 2012:

Hi Specialk3749,

Yes, mushrooms and fungi can be very beautiful. I am amazed at the abundance of the different kinds found in our very own yard and garden. Learning their importance in the life cycle of things was interesting. Didn't you find it so? Thanks for your comment.

Karen Metz from Michigan on July 06, 2012:

Wow...I did not know there were so many beautiful mushrooms or that a mushroom could be that pretty! The only ones I have noticed here are the ones we call "toad stools" and the ones we hunt for in the spring "morals"...yum! Thank you for the beautiful pictures! You make me want a new camera...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 02, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

Obviously you can tell from all the photos of wild mushrooms and fungi taken in our yard here in Houston...we have the perfect climate for their growth and generation. Glad to hear that you found this hub interesting. Thanks for your votes and comment.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 02, 2012:

I don't see very many fungi here in Southern California because it's so dry and relatively hot. But I do remember coming across quite a lot of them when I lived in the humid and rainy Pacific Northwest. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 21, 2012:

Hi Sweet Chococarrie,

Indeed, mushrooms are tasty and delicious. One just must be sure that they are not the poisonous types! My husband and I consume a good amount of mushrooms. Thanks for your comment.

Sweet Chococarrie from My Heart To Yours on May 20, 2012:

How i love mushrooms in truth, they are very delicious and nutritious indeed, beautiful informative hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2012:

Hi Vinaya,

I am assuming that you pick the mushrooms to be able to eat them. Wish I knew more about how to do that safely. For now, I just satisfy myself with taking photos. Thanks for your comment.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 13, 2012:

In the rainy season, when I'm in my farm, I go looking for wild mushrooms in the jungle. This is one of my fun activities.

Your hub gave me a nostalgic feelings.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2012:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

I too find mushrooms and fungi to be not only fascinating but also very beautiful. Obviously we share the same opinion. Glad to hear that you liked all these photos. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 21, 2012:

Peggy, your pictures are amazing. I find mushrooms as beautiful and varied as flowers. Some are so delicate and some look like a brain but they are all beautiful. Wonderful job. up, awesome and beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2011:

Hello techygran,

Thanks for your comment on this hub regarding mushrooms and fungus. Nice to know that you found it helpful.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on December 30, 2011:

fantastic hub for mushroom lovers and people who are just interested in getting to know more about such things! thank you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

Hello tifa,

Here is a link in which you might be interested:


Hope it helps! Thanks for commenting on these pictures of mushrooms and fungi hub.

tifa on December 03, 2011:

hello i need som information about the conditions for grow wild mushroms.please guide me.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2011:

Hi K9keystrokes,

And thanks to leahlefler for pointing me in your direction. Your mushroom hub along with Leah's adds to the enjoyment of anyone interested in this topic. Thanks for linking this to your hub as well.

India Arnold from Northern, California on November 04, 2011:

Wow! What unusual mushroom shots! I can't believe I missed this photo gallery until now! So glad I found it today though. The first grouping of translucent mushroom pictures in simply outstanding. They look like fancy tiny umbrellas only found in those classy fashion regions of Paris! This is a Hub worth adding (link-a-dinking) to my own, I am so pleased to have found it; thank you very much Peggy!



Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 04, 2011:

Hi Leah,

The mushrooms and fungi grow year round down here in Houston. Wish I knew all the names of them as you do. I have added your "Pictures of Mushrooms in Western New York" link to this hub so that people finding this can also see yours up in that part of the country. Thanks!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on November 04, 2011:

Great pictures, Peggy! It took me a minute to find this one - I love it! Some of your mushrooms are HUGE! Ours tend to be on the smaller side, though there was a big "deaths cap" growing in our neighbor's yard that I should have photographed when I got the chance. The snow is bound to fly soon, so most of our fungi have retreated for the year!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2011:

Hello Cherrie,

Mushrooms are spread by spores and can lie dormant in the ground until just the right growing conditions are right for it to grow. I would suggest that you pick the mushrooms as soon as you see them so that they do not mature and spread more spores. Perhaps eventually you will eliminate them. Good luck!

Cherrie on September 29, 2011:

I have this mushroom that looks like someone crath on the top of it. It has a foul odor I can smell it before seeing it what will stop it from growing

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2011:

Hi 2patricias,

There is always next time! I actually took photos yesterday and will again today of the largest mushroom I have ever seen in our yard. There are actually 2 of them growing close together. Amazing! Will add them soon to this hub. Thanks for the visit and comment.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on September 17, 2011:

This is a really interesting hub - so many photos, and all different.

I opened this one because today I noticed two different sorts of mushrooms growing very close together in my garden. It didn't occur to me to take pictures and now I wish I had.

I will come back and read this hub again - thanks.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 11, 2011:

Good luck to you Mily V. in Md. Be safe rather than sorry when it comes to picking and consuming wild mushrooms!

Mily V. in Md on September 11, 2011:

I am very interested in finding edible wild mushrooms but am becoming quickly overwhelmed. Can anyone please look at some pictures on my facebook and give any insight?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2011:

Hello Movie Master,

The only wild mushrooms I have ever picked were the morels and puffballs...but that was so many years ago going back to my childhood days. Like you, I would also love to go wild mushroom picking with someone who could advise us as to their safety. I am no expert...far from it! Glad you liked these photos and the information and thanks for your comment.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on June 05, 2011:

Hi Peggy, another hub of beautiful photos, a real delight! I would love to go wild mushroom picking with someone who knows what they're doing, wished you lived closer.... great info thank you.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2011:

Hi Billy,

Nice to see you here commenting again on this mushroom hub. Had a pretty red colored one come up in the lawn a few days ago! :)))

billyaustindillon on May 23, 2011:

I came back to the hub to check on a few fungi - great resource for gardeners and mushroom fans alike.

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