What Magic Mushrooms Grow in the UK

What Magic Mushrooms Grow in the UK

Most of the United Kingdom has a cool, and often cloudy climate. Hot temperatures are infrequent but frequent changes in temperature and pressure results to unsettled weather. Many types of weather can be experienced in a period of 24 hours. These weather conditions make the UK an ideal habitat for magic mushrooms.

Magic Mushrooms in the UK

A quarter of the UK is occupied by moors and heathlands. Magic mushrooms can be found on rotting grass roots. Some species are also scatters in pastures, grassy roadsides, and paths. Usually, these magic shrooms sprout after an unexpected shower.

Here are the magic shrooms growing in the UK:

Psilocybe cyanescens

Psilocybe cyanescens

Also called wavy caps, the Psilocybe cyanescens is one of the most potent psychedelic mushrooms. It’s also a relatively small mushroom with caps measuring 1.5cm to 5cm across. The color is chestnut brown or caramel when moist but when they dry, they become pale buff to slightly yellowish. They are distinctly wavy in maturity.

Psilocybe cyanescens can fruit in remarkable quantities. In one instance, 100,000 mushrooms are found growing in a single patch at an England racetrack. Looking for Psilocybe cyanescens in the UK is easy. This magic mushroom grows on wood chips, along mulched plant beds in urban areas, and other lignin-rich substrates. This magic mushroom doesn’t grow on mulch that is made from bark. Fruiting typically occurs from October to February.

Psilocybe fimetaria

Psilocybe fimetaria

Psilocybe fimetaria is a magic mushroom known to grow in Great Britain. Its cap is 1.5cm to 3.5cm in diameter and is usually broadly convex with translucent striations on the surface. When moist, the cap becomes sticky and reddish brown to honey. When dried, it becomes yellowish olive to ochre. Psilocybe fimetaria can grow as tall as 9cm.

In the UK, P. fimetaria grows solitarily to in small groups on horse or cow dung. It has a preference for grassy areas, and rich soils. It also fruits in large rings typically from September to November.

Psilocybe semilanceata

Psilocybe semilanceata

Known as liberty caps, the Psilocybe semilanceata is a magic mushroom that produces strong hallucinogenic effects. It’s also one of the most widely-distributed psilocybin mushroom in nature.

Psilocybe semilanceata has a distinct conical to bell-shaped cap which gave it its name. This distinguishing cap can reach 2.5cm in across and it has a small, nipple-like protrusion on the top. Moist specimens are yellow to brown when young but fade to a lighter color with age. When dry, it becomes much paler.

Like the P. mexicana, and the P. tampanensis, this shroom also forms sclerotia – also known as truffles. These are underground fruiting bodies which have the same chemical constitution as the above ground fruiting bodies.

This hallucinogenic mushroom fruits alone or in small clusters on rich, and acidic soil. It has a partiality to growing in grasslands such as pastures, meadows, and lawns which have been enriched with sheep or cow dung but it doesn’t directly grow on dung.

Gymnopilus junonius


This large orange mushroom also goes by the name Laughing Gym, Laughing Cap, Laughing Jim, or the Spectacular Rustgill. It contains the hallucinogen psilocybin too.

The Gymnopilus junonius can grow to tremendous sizes. Its cap can be anywhere between 7cm to 20cm across, is convex, and bright yellow orange in younger specimens. Older specimens are reddish brown with a dry, scaly surface. It also reaches 27cm in height.

This distinctive shroom is widely distributed and grows in thick clusters under large, old trees especially the silver maple. It’s found where decaying wood can be found especially in moist, lowland wooded areas near rivers.

Gymnopilus purpuratus

Gymnopilus purpuratus

Gymnopilus purpuratus has a rusty orange and reddish brown cap which becomes cracked with age. The cap is 1.5cm to 6cm in diameter with a brown red stem. This hallucinogenic shroom grows in clusters on dead wood, pig dung, and wood chip mulch across the UK.

Inocybe corydalina

Inocybe corydalina

The greenflush fibrecap, scientifically called Inocybe corudalina, is an Inocybe mushroom that contains the hallucinogen psilocybin. It is widespread across the British Isles and Europe where the fruiting bodies emerge in fall under deciduous trees and under conifers.

It can be distinguished by its 5cm buff to brown cap with greenish tones. It’s also conic in shape but eventually turns plane with age. The center of the cap is darker brown to greenish with a small elevation towards the center.

Panaeolus cinctulus

Panaeolus cinctulus

Commonly called the banded mottlegil, weed Panaeolus or subs, this is a common, widely distributed hallucinogenic mushroom. They grow from spring to fall in small clusters on compost piles well-fertilized lawns, gardens, and on rare occasions, dung.

It can be identified by its 5cm cap which is convex when young but flattens with age with a cinnamon brown color when moist. It’s usually 8cm long with a 7mm thick stem.

Panaeolus fimicola

Panaeolus fimicola

Panaeolus fimicola contains small amounts of the hallucinogen psilocybin. It has a cap with 3.5cm across which is dingy gray to blackish with reddish tones. When dried, it becomes yellowish and smooth. It can be seen growing alone or scattered in soil or dung, fertilized lawns, and other grassy places. This shroom is commonly seen from late spring to mid-fall.

Panaeolus olivaceous

Panaeolus olivaceous

This shroom is widely distributed and is seen in rich, grassy areas from late summer through December across North and South America. It is distinguished by its black spore print and dark gills which mature alongside a thick stem which is 6cm long and approximately 4mm thick.

Panaeolus olivaceous’ cap is 4cm across with a distinct bell shape which becomes conic as it ages. This dark cinnamon cap also has an inward margin.

Pluteus salicinus

Pluteus salicinus

The European Pluteus salicinus grows on dead hardwoods in damp forests and flood plains from summer to fall. It can be identified by its 8cm cap which is silver-gray to brownish gray with a bluish or greenish tinge and tiny scales towards the center. It can grow to 5cm tall with a stem that is 0.6cm thick.

When to Collect Magic Mushrooms in the UK

In the UK, the best time to go hunting for magic mushroom is during autumn because most species enjoy the conditions. If you’re not looking for a specific time of magic mushroom, the months of September to November are the best times to find a large variety of wild hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Long, light showers also increase your chances of spotting these fungi in the wild because most psilocybin-containing mushrooms grow in the next few days that follow. The moist conditions trigger the fruiting process and some even pop up overnight.

No matter what the season, dry weather which persist for days are not ideal. If your neighborhood is in a heatwave, it’s better to stay indoors as your magic mushroom hunting ventures are doomed to fail.

Where to Find Magic Mushrooms in UK

Magic mushrooms can be quite resilient and are capable of growing wherever conditions allow them to flourish. Once you develop your eye for hunting mushrooms, you’ll start recognizing places that allow them to grow.

You don’t have to go far when searching for psilocybin mushrooms. Check out local woods, fields, meadows and pasture, and the sides of nature trails. Most magic shrooms require decaying wood. If you’re looking for specific types of magic mushrooms in the UK, simply refer to their locations listed above.

When going on a magic mushroom hunt, make sure you’re wearing boots with god grip, a jacket with plenty of pockets for your accessories, and comfortable trousers. A wicker basket is essential for collecting magic shrooms. A knife may also be used for harvesting.

Now that you know all the necessary information about magic mushrooms in the UK, you can start hunting for magic shrooms on your own.

However, if you want to go ahead and enjoy a hassle-free psilocybin experience, you can order magic mushrooms online from Truffle Magic!

Truffle Magic offers different magic truffle strains and magic truffle grow kits to fit your mood and needs. Enjoy magic truffles discreetly delivered to your doorstep.

9 Responses to “What Magic Mushrooms Grow in the UK”

  1. Mick 17th September 2018 at 07:05 #

    I used liberty caps for many years, great and bad experiences so be careful, if possible have a straight friend with you so they can assist if nessesary. I once or twice made mushroom beer, simply boil up the shrooms and use it to mix the beer kit, it’s great at party’s

  2. James c 12th September 2018 at 07:07 #

    i’m in brighton in the south of england recently became very interested in finding my own i hope i can after seeing this guide, i will not take anything i’m not sure of but am now determined to find some i know a good place lots of farmers fields and golf courses could use some experienced help but looks like i’ll be searching on my own lol if anyone nearby could help please contact me [email protected]

  3. Debbie 7th August 2018 at 18:18 #

    We had a lot of sun this year in the uk, a lot! But up here in the far North the rain has began and this is the best time of year to start looking… at least a few liberty caps are popping up right now. My partner is a gardener and he came home with 4 today. He said there were a whole load of tiny ones coming up but hes left them to mature and he will get them in the next day or two. We have just had a few days of rain and the last couple of days there have been all manner of fungi popping up. You will find them on golf courses, hills and fields, even garden lawns and grassy verges. Once you know what you are looking for you should have no problem finding them, from now until late November, weather permitting. Frost kills them. Good luck!

  4. SC 20th January 2018 at 19:02 #

    Wow, I knew we had magic mushrooms here in the U.K, but what I didn’t realise was just how many varieties there were! I would love to have the knowledge and expertise to actually get out there to pick my own magic mushrooms… To have that confidence to harvest the correct mushrooms would be mind blowing. I wonder if there is anyone in N.Wales who would be willing to pass on that knowledge? Thanks for the article.

    • Mush guru 15th June 2018 at 16:10 #

      as you’ve had no reply and mushroom season is fast approaching us I thought I’d give you some info to help you out. Get the Collins gem books on mushrooms and trees. The mushroom book will help you to recognise similar looking ones that potetentially could be dangerous and the tree book will help you to recognise certain decying trees as some species love a paticular tree and have a deadly lookalike that grows on different decaying trees. There both cheap and may be able to find in a local charity shop.

      Now N.wales I can’t really help you there as I’m from the south of England how ever I have had some luck (with diffuculty) camping for a week in the Brecon Beacons foragin for all types of edible mushrooms and food and of course psychedelic ones (specifacly aminita muscaria and wavvy caps) I have had much more success with wider varietys all over. Lake District is amazing, savanake forest, new forest, Sherwood Forest, any farmers fields that have had cows in recently or for libs the last few years, I go to horse stables aswell. Once you understand the environment that each mushroom likes you will find it much easier to find them.

      NEVER take any if you aren’t 100% sure!! If your 90% sure take it home, document colour, cap and stem size, take pictures of it and most importantly take a spore print. There are various websites used by experienced mushroom pickers you can upload that info too and hopefully somebody can help you out, or do your own reasearch and figure it out. Spore prints are the best way to make sure you know what you’ve got. Also if it has got psilocybin in it should quite quickly bruise blue.

      Hope this info has helped, have fun picking from August to October/November. Apart from poisonous look alikes your biggest problem will be people with load mouths and police, stay discreet and stay safe!!

    • Ian 25th June 2018 at 03:29 #

      Once you know exactly what you’re looking for – they’re all over the place.

      I’ve always found mushies to be quite unique and to have a powerful depth of experience that can take people very much by surprise.
      Suddenly your friend has checked out of reality and turned into a crazy person – because they are being totally irrational and they can’t listen to reason – they may not even recognise you for who you are, but think you are an angel or the devil… or a hallucination. They can’t get a context on what is REALLY going on and respond accordingly with whatever delusion they think is occurring. That can be seriously dangerous.
      Sometimes it winds up being simply hilarious, (like my friend who started collecting “friendly eyes” – and woke up with a pocket full of dog shit) Sometimes it is so serious they end up in jail or a nut house.
      I’ve seen experienced ‘heads’ just lose the plot altogether and wind up turning a nice trip into a train wreck.
      Or like one friend who telephoned his Mother to ask her if he was dead. (perhaps that will give you some measure of how detached from reality people can get)
      To be perfectly honest with you – I went kind of wacky for a very long time myself. I blew myself through the roof of the universe and didn’t come back for several months. I had to go see a shrink to try and get a handle on it.
      It was kind of like that movie “Altered States” (which you should watch – and take a moral from)

      You fog the mind, you stir the soul… I can’t find… no control.

      You don’t need drugs to learn, or to see God or to teach you anything… the entire human brain is designed to filter reality to a level you can deal with – these things don’t turn the mind ‘on’ – they simply turn off the filters… and that’s not always a good thing.

    • bid 29th July 2018 at 22:36 #

      oi you i got tha knowledge

    • Juliano 20th August 2018 at 17:42 #

      I would love to go to North Wales in the season and get loads of shrooms. Reply if you are up for it and maybe we could possibly plan some thing?

    • Ade 14th September 2018 at 15:54 #

      Where in N. Wales are you?
      Plenty of liberty caps showing at the moment

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