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Pavement Mushroom

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This fungi can grow through dry, compacted soil or even asphalt and seems to prefer growing beside paths and roads hence its common name.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Pavement Mushroom (EN), Madarch Palmentydd (CY), Pieczarka Miejska (PL), Ízletes Csiperke (HU)
Scientific Name Agaricus bitorquis
Season Start May
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 6-10
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. White and convex opening out to flat in mature specimens. The cap is often covered in mud and dust.


Crowded, not joined to the stem. Gills off white/grey at first soon turning pink to dark brown. 


6-10cm long, 1.5-2 cm diameter. Robust, white and often tapering at the base.


Has an inferior, double edged skirt, obvious in this picture, not always so on other Pavement Mushrooms.


Meaty  white flesh turning slightly pink on cutting.


Roadsides, path edges, under trees, bare soil, gardens or manure.

Possible Confusion

The Yellow Stainer (Agaricus xanthodermus), but this mushroom stains chrome yellow when bruised or cut and smells of Indian ink, hospitals or iodine and not edible. Can look similar to some of the Amanitas when young and white gilled.

Spore Print

Brown. Subglobose.

Taste / Smell

Strong and mushroomy. Should be cooked before consumption.



Other Facts

This seems to be the favourite mushroom of choice for maggots and even mushrooms that have just broken the surface are usually riddled with them. They are great tasting if you can find them maggot free or don’t mind the extra protein!


5 comments for Pavement Mushroom

  1. Pye says:

    Found these growing in last years leaf mould stored in a wheelie bin!

  2. Lynda Lantree says:

    I think I’ve just found two huge ones of these in my old compost bin,

  3. Glenn McDougall says:

    I have just witnessed the pavement mushroom coming through the pavement on a laneway.

  4. Neil Lewis says:

    Thanks for this. Just had these with garlic butter. Delicious.

  5. Jenn H says:

    I’ve had two come up through the tarmac of my driveway. Wonder how I can stop them destroying my driveway, would happily encourage them elsewhere.

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