Mushroom Hunters Club

This page is used to feature mushrooms that are prevalent for the particular time of the year or, during the winter months, to feature some of the less desirable or hard to find mushrooms. To see some of our previous stars follow this link to an index of previously featured mushrooms.

                  October's Mushroom of the Month

Clitocybe irina aka Lepista irina aka Rhodopaxillus irinus: Flowery Blewit


Lepista Irina is a mushroom sought by a number of Michigan mushroom hunters; particularly those who are alumni of Professor Emeritus Robert Shaffer’s former mushroom classes for amateurs.  The flowery blewit is a very good edible that can be used in a wide range of recipes.  It is somewhat difficult to learn to distinguish this large white mushroom from other species in Clitocybe.

The whitish to dingy buff to pale pinkish tan cap ranges from 1 ½ to 5 inches (4 to 13 cm.) wide with a low broad umbo (outie).  The margin is inrolled and cottony when young.  The surface is slightly sticky but soon becomes dry.  The white to slightly pinkish flesh is thick.  The odor is fragrant but sometimes only faintly.   The  stalk ranges from 1 ¾ to 3 inches (4 to 8 cm.) long and 3/8 to 1 inch (1 to 2.5 cm.) wide. The attached, white to pale pink gills are adnate (attached at a 90 degree angle) to slightly decurrent (90 degree angle).  The spore print is a pale pinkish buff.  This mushroom occurs most frequently in conifers especially spruce but it can be found in mixed hardwoods too.

I have found this good edible occurring in large fairy rings; one memorable ring was an oval roughly 15 feet wide and 30 feet long with the ring of mushrooms about a foot wide.  I have used these mushrooms in various casserole type dishes and sautéed with meat.