Amethyst Deceiver

Laccaria amethystina

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  2. Fungi
  3. Amethyst Deceiver


The Amethyst Deceiver can be seen growing in broadleaved and coniferous woodlands amongst the leaf litter. It is edible but is similar in appearance to the poisonous Lilac Fibrecap.

How to identify

A fairly small toadstool, which is bright purple in colour. It has lilac flesh and the gills are attached to the stem, widely spaced and are deep purple. The stem is covered in tiny white hairs.

Where to find it



When to find it

  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Amethyst Deceiver
Latin name
Laccaria amethystina
Cap diameter: 1-6cm Stem height: 4-10cm
Conservation status