Shaggy Ink Cap

Coprinus comatus

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  3. Shaggy Ink Cap


This unmistakable fungus with its tall white, shaggy cap is also known as  the Lawyer's Wig or Shaggy Mane.  It is widespread and common on roadside verges and grassland growing in small groups.  It is edible when young.

How to identify

The tall, narrow, cylindrical cap is white and very shaggy with woolly scales over the cap surface. The cap gradually opens out to a bell shape. The gills are very crowded- white at first, then pink, then black dissolving from the margin of the cap until the cap is almost entirely gone. It has a tall, smooth, white stem with a moveable ring.

Where to find it

Fnd shaggy ink cap on grassland and by roadsides and playing fields - especially where turf has recently been disturbed.


When to find it

  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

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Species information

Common name
Shaggy Ink Cap
Latin name
Coprinus comatus
Cap is 5 to 15cm high and the stem 10-20cm tall.
Conservation status
Common and widespread