Destroying Angel

Amanita virosa

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  3. Destroying Angel


The Destroying Angel grows on the ground in mixed woodland. It is deadly poisonous and resembles other species, such as the Death Cap which is also deadly poisonous. Never pick and eat fungi that can you cannot positively identify; always ask an expert or pop along to a Wildlife Trust fungi foray to find out more about these beautiful, but deadly organisms.

How to identify

An entirely white toadstool, the Destroying Angel resembles other, edible species.

Where to find it

Widespread, but scarce.


When to find it

  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Destroying Angel
Latin name
Amanita virosa
Cap diameter: 5-12 cm Stem height: 9-12cm
Conservation status