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The Princess

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A great tasting mushroom looking like a smaller version of The Prince with the same almond smell and flesh that bruises or oxidises red, more so than The Prince.

Mushroom Type
Common Names The Princess
Scientific Name Agaricus lanipes
Season Start Jun
Season End Oct
Average Mushroom height (CM) 10
Average Cap width (CM) 10
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


Spherical when young becoming convex. Covered in concentric slightly reddish brown scales on a white to pale yellow background.


Gills starting pink, maturing to dark brown. Crowded. Not attached to the stem.


White to pale cream with red hints, smooth above the skirt and covered in small brown scales below.


A single white fleshy ring hanging down (superior).


White bruising or oxidising to pink/red. Can be yellowish in the base of the stem in older specimens.


In open mixed woodland.

Possible Confusion

Agaricus moelleri, pictured, looks similar but the chemical, unpleasant smell of the flesh of this mushroom and the fact its flesh doesn’t stain red should keep you safe.
The Prince is similar but usually a lot larger and delicious so there is no harm confusing the two.

Spore Print

Purple/brown. Ellipsoid.

Taste / Smell

Strong and mushroomy. Smells of almonds.


Fairly common.


2 comments for The Princess

  1. Julie Bland says:

    Have never eaten ‘wild’ mushrooms without my dad. He’s since passed…
    Found some in my garden? Under Holly and black currents can I eat them? I’d like to send photos

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Julie, send in clear photos of the cap, gills and stem and I’ll do my best.

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