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Horn Of Plenty

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Summer Summer

Occasional but usually found in  large groups. They are very hard to spot among the leaf litter until you spot your first one, then if you are lucky, many appear.


Mushroom Type
Common Names Horn Of Plenty (EN), Black Trumpet (US), Trompette de la mort (FR), Trompette des morts (FR), Corn Llawnder (CY), Lejkowiec Dęty (PL), Sötét Trombitagomba (HU)
Scientific Name Craterellus cornucopioides
Season Start Aug
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 5-8
Average Cap width (CM) 3-5
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Fruiting Body

Funnel or trumpet shaped with uneven edges. Black but can be grey, silver or brown.


Grey / brown to black. Does not really have obvious gills but slight ridges running up the stem to the edge of the cap.


Ash grey to brown. Hollow and hard to tell where the stem stops and the cap begins.


Grey/black. Thin and fibrous.


Hiding in leaf litter in deciduous woodland usually in clusters with beech.

Possible Confusion

You are unlikely to confuse this species with anything else.

Spore Print

Cream to salmon to yellow. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Excellent. Can be easily dried and stored for a long time.



Other Facts

A strong tasting delicious mushroom.


4 comments for Horn Of Plenty

  1. Keith Lester says:

    Found these in leaf litter along our lane in Kintyre, West Scotland this year and last year, (2018, 2017). Delicious mushrooms chopped coarsely and added to an omelette.

  2. Piotr says:

    outstanding taste, beautiful mushroom. my first lot founded this autumn 2022. my fourth favourite mushroom. dries very well

  3. Louise Kupers says:

    I am developing a growing love for these mushrooms,sneaky little things. This year they were plentiful on a moss patch near some oak trees on our property.

  4. Enrico says:

    Lovely mushroom! Found a ridiculously large patch of these last September but only picked half a basketful as wasn’t sure they’d be worth it. Went back a month later but nothing. Kicking myself now. Fingers crossed for a productive season next year!

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