7 Common Poisonous Mushrooms You Should Know

Mushrooms with white gills are often poisonous. So are those with a ring around the stem and those with a volva. Because the volva is often underground, it’s important to dig around the base of a mushroom to look for it.
Mushrooms with a red color on the cap or stem are also either poisonous or strongly hallucinogenic. The most notorious red-colored mushroom is Amanita muscaria, which has been consumed for thousands of years to produce visions. In large doses, even this “magic mushroom” can be lethal. Other Amanita species also have this coloration, and they are far less benign.The consequences of misidentifying a mushroom are severe, so it’s important to ask yourself a series of questions before even touching one you’ve come across. Where is the mushroom growing? If it’s under a tree, what kind of tree is it? If it’s growing on wood, what kind of wood? For example, hens and chicks mushrooms are usually safe – even medicinal – but they have the potential to make you sick if they are growing on conifers, eucalyptus or cedar trees.