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Fairy Ring Mushrooms in My Lawn

Updated on May 26, 2015

Fairy Ring Mushrooms In the Beginning

Out of the Ground came the fungi's fruit
Out of the Ground came the fungi's fruit | Source
Beautiful to Look At  but Poisonous
Beautiful to Look At but Poisonous | Source

Mushrooms in My Lawn

Early one morning, as I had a cup of coffee while standing in my sunroom looking out I noticed something new growing in the grass nearby. A bunch of mushrooms had popped out of the ground and found their way into the light.

Thus began a photographic journey and the basis for this article. Although I had seen mushrooms in the backyard grass before, this was the first time for such a large sized mushroom. They measured about 6 inches across the top of the caps.

Against the background of the dark green grass, their very white caps stood out sharply. They did not come out 1 here and 1 there as previous mushrooms had instead they came out in groups that formed a faint arc across the grass. The next day there were more and it seemed like they were trying to form a semi-circle although a rather large one. I am sure that with more room a large circle of mushrooms would have grown in place – a fairy ring.

Index for Mushrooms in My Lawn

Mushrooms in My Lawn - Introduction

Ebay Mushrooms - Stuff to buy

What are these lawn Mushrooms? - Info on the mushrooms

Mushroom books to buy on Amazon

The Fairy Ring Mushroom - an original poem

Mushroom poetry books to buy on Amazon

The End of the Fairy Ring Mushrooms - they return to the earth

Links to more Nature Articles by this writer


Mushroom ornaments and gifts on Amazon

Comments - Leave Yours

Fairy Ring Mushrooms in Mid-life

Some maturing, some just out
Some maturing, some just out | Source
The fading has begun
The fading has begun | Source

What are these Lawn Mushrooms?

Well, I can assure you that I had no idea what these luscious looking mushrooms were. I’ve seen mushrooms before of course both live, grocery ready and in photos but I could not remember seeing any quite like these. They just looked so very delicious. But wait! Remember the mushroom adage: If you don’t know it for sure let it be.

Hey I got a computer and it’s hooked up to the internet so let’s see what could be found. Here’s the scoop.

1. They appear to be Green Spored Lepiota code named Chlorophyllum molybdites which are also known as the false parasol.

2. Green spored lepiota are poisonous. They may or may not kill you – depends on your constitution – but they sure will make you very sick. Gut pain and the dreaded runs are just two common effects of nibbling on these mushrooms.

3. Generally they are the fruiting bodies of an underground fungi (like all mushrooms) for whom the conditions were right for a spawn. That is, the afternoon before they emerged it rained a lot. The next day was mostly sunny with wispy clouds in the sky and with all the previous rain it was humid – hot and humid. Yep, perfect time to send up some mushrooms and release some spores into the air.

4. These mushrooms generally form fairy rings. That is they grow in circles although if the circle is large you may only see an arch. What I saw was actually a section of an arc which means the underlying fungi occupied a lot of land under the grass

5. Fairy rings are called that because at night when the moon is shining down on the mushrooms you can see the wee folk drinking and dancing the night away among them. Of course it’s a lot easier to see them if you have imbibed in your favorite alcoholic beverage, say a couple of bottles of red, red wine and a few shots of Captain Morgan rum. To help you see them even clearer read a book about fairies while imbibing

Note: imbibing is for adults who need to loosen things up before they can see anything much less fairies. Kid’s minds aren’t usually so closed up so they don’t need any help.

6. Fungi are not plants. However they help return nutrients to the soil, which plants can use, by breaking down dead plant and animal material in the ground.

A Poem Inspired by the Mushrooms in my Lawn

The Fairy Ring Mushroom

Below the grass, in soil untouched

The dead await fungi’s embrace

To be eaten by the deadly lace

To be broken down into particles

And return to the mother

The basics for new life

Through the ground the filaments struggle

Reaching for the air above the earth

To burst through and find the wind

To spread the fungi’s future hopes

And start the cycle anew

The seeds for new fungi

Growing into caps of white

Opening up and spreading out

To reach maturity in a few hours

To live for a short few days

And then return to earth

The nutrients for new growth

by Angelo L. Rodriguez (Angelo52)

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Fairy Ring Mushrooms at the End of Days

Fading out
Fading out | Source
Done for this cycle
Done for this cycle | Source

The End of the Fairy Ring Mushrooms

In a few days the mushrooms must have accomplished their mission for the parent fungi. They first started to lose their brilliant white look. They started to fade and become a bit browner every day. Now, considering they were in the hot Florida sun most of the day one would think “Sun Tan” but these are mushrooms and short lives are their destiny.

A couple of days after they emerged not only were they taking on a brownish color on the caps but the edges of the caps were getting frayed looking. Each day the caps would get a bit browner and a lot more raggedy.

Finally they started to fade back into the grass. By this time they were very unappetizing. Fact is they were disgusting to look at and I could only wonder why I would have wanted to snack on them in the first place (well, they did look good when they first came out but the info on them sure shut that desire down quick).

That evening we had one of our better rain bands come through. It poured hard and steady for a good couple of hours. In the morning the fairy ring mushrooms were gone, there was nothing but nice green grass to be seen. Perhaps the mushrooms were dissolved by the rain and sent back into the grass to provide nutrients to the lawn. Only the fairies know for sure.

The mushrooms featured in this article are from South Florida.

Pompano Beach, Florida:
Pompano Beach, FL, USA

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    • Angelo52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks Fennelseed and Sherree. Nothing I read said anything about the fairies eating the mushroom ring just having a good old time within it. I would say that unless you are absolutely sure you know the mushroom is edible it would be best to leave them alone. Believe me, when I first saw these pretty white caps I was tempted to pluck one. Then decided to check them out first and found out they were poisonous. Sorry about your brother Sherree and glad he got better.

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      6 years ago

      The full grown pictures look like perky "Mushroom Mammaries", while the fading ones look like "Gramma Mushroom Mammaries"!

      My brother found a 3" white mushroom in his yard, when he was out talking with his ex-mother-in-law. After a discussion, they agreed that it was an edible one. He made an omelet and ate it, she had already eaten. Within a day, he was in the hospital and had to be moved to the capitol city for a better hospital the next day. His liver was failing and he was turning yellow and his remaining kidney was being affected. For awhile, it looked like he was going down for the count, but they managed to save him after weeks in the hospital. Before then, I figured if you eat a poison mushroom, they give you an antidote and you get better pretty quick! I had no idea the doctors really have to guess what to do.

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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Angelo, this hub is just delightful and so informative. Delightful because I love mushrooms as they are indeed the homes of fairies and suchlike in the wee folk world. Informative because I love mushrooms as they are delicious and chances are had they appeared in my garden I would have been tempted to try one, only one mind, as the fairies are happy to share, but they still need somewhere to live. Now if you will excuse me while I top up my's to you Angelo for a wonderful hub on all accounts, my votes and best wishes to you and sharing of course!!!

    • Angelo52 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I agree rebeccamealey. The store bought ones have been vetted by the grower. Those outside are free to live their lives without me picking them.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for sharing your experience with the fairy ring mushrooms. I love mushrooms, but I would never trust myself to identify them for eating!Great photos.


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