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Snowy Waxcap

Edible Edible
Autumn Autumn
Winter Winter

A common and tasty Waxcap but it still prefers undisturbed and untreated land although seems more tolerant than other Waxcaps.

Mushroom Type
Common Names Snowy Waxcap (EN), Cap Cwyr Claerwyn (CY), Kopułka Śnieżna (PL), Fehér Nyirokgomba (HU)
Scientific Name Hygrocybe / Cuphophyllus virgineus
Synonyms Hygrocybe virginea
Season Start Sep
Season End Dec
Average Mushroom height (CM) 3-5
Average Cap width (CM) 2-4
Please note that each and every mushroom you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.


2-4 cm. White to ivory white. Starting convex but soon flattening and becoming depressed in the middle. As the cap matures the colour generally goes from white to ivory to almost grey/brown.


The gills are white, widely spaced and run down the stem (decurrent). There are veins or very small gills running at right angles between the main gills.


3-5 cm long, 0.3-0.8 cm diameter. White, tapering a bit towards the base and quite often curved.


Thin except for the centre of the cap.


In short grass in fields, meadows or commons that have not been intensely farmed.

Possible Confusion

The Clitocybe rivulosa/dealbata, pictured, can look similar but the gills of the Fool’s Funnel are quite crowded and not toothed and they tend to grow in different seasons but care should always be taken when foraging for white mushrooms.
The Cedarwood Waxcap (Cuphophyllus russocoriaceus) has a unique, cedarwood-like smell, its colour is more creamy white.

Spore Print

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

Taste / Smell

Good, mushroomy.



Other Facts

Care should always be applied when foraging for mushrooms with a white cap, white gills and a white stem as some of the most poisonous mushrooms in the UK are white all over.


3 comments for Snowy Waxcap

  1. Julie says:

    I have found a few white wax cap in my garden, is there a way I can get more to grow.

  2. James says:

    Found some under my old apple tree today. They look like small chanterelles (to my untrained eye) but their waxiness is a give away…and they are smaller, whiter! Pleased to add another ‘safe to eat’ to my list.

  3. Graham says:

    Found some today, smallish and as other poster noted visually similar to a chanterelle except white.
    Good mushroomy smell.
    Found in open short grass land.

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