Clouded Funnel

Poisonous Poisonous
Autumn Autumn
Winter Winter

This tasty, common, Autumn mushroom can cause alarming gastric upsets in a number of people so we have placed it in the poisonous section.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Clouded Funnel (EN), Clouded Agaric, Twmffat / Twndish Niwl (CY), Lejkówka Szarawa (PL), Szürke Tölcsérgomba (HU)
Scientific Name Clitocybe nebularis
Season Start Sep
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 8-14
Average Cap width (CM) 8-12
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


8-12 cm. Starting convex the cap flattens and eventually forms a shallow funnel, it has inrolled edges at all stages. The colour is described as cloudy grey but is often more tan.


Running down the stem (decurrent) and crowded. Starting white but yellowing with age.


6-12 cm long, 1.5-2.5 cm diameter. Slightly bulbous at the base, off white and fibrous.


Thick, white and quite firm.


In rings often under coniferous trees but can also be found in deciduous woodland, grassland and hedgerows.

Possible Confusion

Can look superficially like a Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda) but does not have any of the purple or lilac colouring to the gills.

Spore Print

Cream. Ovoid, ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell




Other Facts

This mushroom can make about 1 in 5 people quite ill but is a good edible if you are one of the lucky ones. The only way to find out is to try a small amount of mushroom and wait 24 hours to see if you have an adverse reaction.
Must be cooked before consumption.


15 comments for Clouded Funnel

  1. Pam Pedersen says:

    Really enjoying the abundance of cloudy agaric. Fortunately we are the lucky ones.

  2. Hugo Paiva says:

    Já comi no ano passado e este ano também, nunca tive nenhum problema

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Oi Hugo, eu posso comer esses cogumelos saborosos. Nós somos os sortudos.

  3. Marcela says:

    We found lots of them today, will try and wait till tomorrow to see how lucky we are

  4. Will Tate says:

    Hi, what kind of reaction are we talking?! I have loads in my local woods but if I have to spend a couple of days running to the toilet to find out if I can eat them then I might leave them be!

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      The reaction is being stuck on the toilet for two days if a meals worth of mushrooms are eaten.

    2. Kimm says:

      Whenever trying any new edible foraged mushroom, a small amount should be eaten the first time, if there is any bad reaction (gi upset) the reaction will be more mild than if you fill your meal with them. If there is no reaction for the next 24 hours then you will be good to eat a meal full.

  5. C.A. Toledo-Merritt says:

    I have just found them ? growing on an old stump of a weeping willow, it has spread to other areas.
    I will try some and let you know the réactions if any.

    1. Christa says:

      Are you sure you haven’t found oysters??

    2. AC says:

      When going out looking I find more of these than anything else combined. I found all the conflicting reports so confusing. I’ve seen from Choice edible to Poisonous on this page. I eventually had to try some and I found them to be quite tasty. Despite this am still paranoid about it and find myself never picking it anymore. I tend to find blewits or other mushrooms which makes me feel like I’ve had a good enough forage. I guess I want to be at the stage where I can just pick these and happily eat all I want. I guess I should increase the dose bit by bit?

  6. Aditya says:

    Can we grow that mushroom in box ? Please somebody help me

  7. Sally Moulden says:

    My family and friends have eaten these mushrooms for years with no adverse effects. They are a particular favourite, particularly as they are so easy to find,and one we look forward to in late Autumn after others have finished.

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      They are a tasty mushroom but about 1 in 5 people have an adverse reaction to them meaning at least two days out of action stuck on the toilet.

  8. Katharine Glen says:

    Elsewhere I see this referred to as clouded funnel. Delicious, so I’m a lucky one.

  9. Paul Dean says:

    Found a big circle of these in pine needles. In my ignorance, I thought they were Grey Oysters at first, but they fried up lovely in butter and had no adverse effects to me or my 97 year old lady friend, although some classify them as poisonous.

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