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Shaggy Parasol

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Inedible, can cause severe gastric upsets in some people.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Shaggy Parasol
Scientific Name Chlorophyllum rhacodes
Season Start Jul
Season End Nov
Average Mushroom height (CM) 15
Average Cap width (CM) 15
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


Starting ovate, smooth and pale brown/pink opening flat with shaggy brown scales on a white background, usually with a smooth umbo.


Gills white when young turning pale tan. Bruises red/orange. Crowded.


White to pale pink/brown. Smooth and plain with a double ring. Bulbous at the bottom.


Has a double edged skirt that can become unattached and moved up and down the stem.

Bulbous Base

Has a bulbous base a little like a member of the Amanita family but it is not a volva.


White bruising orange/red when cut.


Mixed woodland and anywhere shady particularly with conifers. Grows in troops or rings but can be found individually.

Possible Confusion

When young this mushroom looks very similar to some of the deadly amanitas, due to the fact it emerges from a sack-like structure and can have a similar looking cap. The confusion with other lepiotas which are smaller can be ignored if the mushroom cap is over twelve centimetres in diametre, when mature nothing that looks similar is anywhere near as big apart from the Parasol mushroom, Macrolepiota procera, pictured.

Spore Print

White. Ellipsoid, dextrinoid. You should scrape your spores into a small pile to get an accurate spore colour.

Taste / Smell

Good but must be cooked. Can cause gastric upsets in some people.



Other Facts

Shaggy Parasols can cause gastric upsets in about 1 in 25 people, if you are trying some for the first time, cook well and only try a small amount, wait 24 hours to see if there is a reaction.
This mushroom can also be called Chlorophyllum rhacodes.
Rhacodes was a mispelling of the greek rhakos or rhacos which means ‘piece of cloth’.


23 comments for Shaggy Parasol

  1. peter wolffe says:

    dear madam/sir. i love to pick mushrooms, my partner hood winked into eating them lol, now ive got the bug to look and try, now living in colchester theres no funge club, i use your web site and a book i have many thanks for your web ive been looking for the beef stack found it then some person cut it all down now beef stack. pete.

  2. Nancy Dickson says:

    After a few days in the fridge our big shaggy mushroom doesn’t turn red when cut or bruised. The diameter is now 15 centimeters across.

    Is this ok ? Is there anything similar that is dangerous to eat? There doesn’t seem to be anything similar that is dangerous.

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      They can share similarities with some Amanitas, particularly the Warted Amanita, Amanita strobiliformis which is not advisable to eat.

  3. Robert Johnson says:

    Found my first shaggy parasol of the year in a bit of a copse by a busy thoroughfare. Haven’t tried eating them yet but I was surprised to see them in June but given the weather we have had it feels like autumn some days.

  4. alexis z says:

    my lord.

    just found and fried a couple of caps.

    taste just like sirloin steak.


  5. Peter Cliff says:

    hi.got a cluster of shaggy parasols growing at bottom of my garden in shade near a tree,First time in about 18 years nice surprise,I am seventy now and used to love collecting edible fungi in my early twenties but never tried shaggy Ive just fried a small piece to be on the safe side hopefully I am right and will enjoy the rest if I am,Peter

    1. Zoe says:

      How did you get on Peter? I’ve just found a load in my garden and am about to experiment on the family. 😉

  6. Lynn Armstrong says:

    I have some of these growing in my garden by some fir trees. If it says they are unedible on here, why are people eating them? Are there different types? Mine are exactly like the photos with very pale undersides. I am a first time mushroom picker. I’ve become interested as I have all kinds popping up in the garden. Many thanks.

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Lynn, we don’t recommend the Shaggy Parasol as it can make about 1 in 25 people suffer from gastric upsets. It doesn’t affect everyone and if you are lucky enough to be able to eat them, they are a tasty mushroom. The only way to find out if you can’t eat them is to try them in a very small amount cooked and work up from there.

  7. Bob says:

    You sure says shaggy parasols are chlorophyllum Rhacodes, but they are macrolepiota rhacodes. Just letting you know about a typo!!

    1. Poppy Ives says:

      Hi Bob
      As with many other mushrooms their scientific name has recently been changed, they are no longer Macrolepiota.

  8. Colin Gore says:

    just visited our local green area, and noticed some mushrooms that i could not identify. now have and they look like shaggy parasol mushrooms,which i am about to harvest! how long do they keep in the fridge?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Colin, most mushrooms will last for two to three days in the fridge but it very much depends on the condition they were in when you picked them. Cooking then freezing or drying are the best ways to make your mushrooms last.

  9. Elliot Walker says:

    Hi there. So I can eat these with no issue and feel pretty confident with the ID but I know there is a rare mushroom, the Lepiota brunneoincarnata, or deadly dapperling which looks similar. Am I correct in thinking that the Lepiota brunneoincarnata does NOT have a skirt and that is a good way to differentiate it from the shaggy and large parasol??
    Many thanks for info

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Elliot, it does have a skirt, like the Shaggy Parasol. The Lepiota has brilliant white gills and it’s flesh does not bruise orange/pink unlike the off white gills and staining of the Shaggy Parasol.

  10. Edward F Wicke says:

    I picked a lot these in mid-Hampshire and loved the taste. I found them to taste similar to the parasol mushrooms, but meatier. In good years we froze batches of these; they could be cooked from frozen and were then a little soggy but still good!

  11. Chris Yeamans says:

    Hi there, just picked one of these in our nearby wood today. i was wondering why it’s listed as inedible, but then later on you say it is edible (with obvious provisos)
    great website and videos by the way

  12. Nicky Williamson says:

    Hi, did your course with Fabrio last week, which was fantastic. I found a group of mushrooms at the bottom of my garden in an old compost type area. It looks like a shaggy parasol, but does not turn orange when bruised or cut, but has a smooth white stem, not a snake skin stem. Cap size is about 12 cm. Is there anything else it could be?

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Hi Nicky, if you have any photos of the stem, gills and cap I’ll try to ID them for you, I really can’t from just a description.

  13. Dave Oshana says:

    Has anyone been advised to “pre-boil before cooking”? One Finnish mushroom book recommends boiling *before* cooking “Akansieni”, which it classifies as Chlorophyllum Olivieri, whilst a second book classifies as Chlorophyllum Rhacodes. In contrast, English websites and videos advise simply chopping the raw mushroom before frying it. One website even advises against using excessive water when cleaning the Shaggy Parasol, in case the meaty taste is washed away.

    1. Eric Biggane says:

      Shaggy Parasols need to be cooked well to be edible so a long fry is necessary and although I have heard about boiling them first, I think it would spoil the texture and taste a bit. Even boiled and cooked well, this mushroom can cause gastric upsets in some people.

  14. Chris Machin says:

    I have found a parasol that meets all the criteria of a shaggy variety but it has a 21cm diameter cap, i’m either lucky to have found a large specimen or perhaps it’s another variety? Any thoughts or other peoples experiences with a larger find would be appreciated, cheers!

  15. Robert Malcolm Kay says:

    tasty, nice breakfast mushroom: if not ‘buggy’.

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