Fly Agaric

Hazard Information

Route: Ingestion     Plant Part: All

Scale: Low

Fungi attractive to children. Symptoms of drowsiness, twitching and death-like sleep, vivid visions and coma. Symptoms usually subside after 7-8 hours. Fatalities however have been known to occur.




Common Name(s)

Fly Agaric

Latin Name

Amanita muscaria


Fungi. The cap is bright red with white wart like spots which may be washed off by the rain leaving the cap smooth and faded, approx. 15 cm (6 ins.) across. The stalk is white. This is one of the best known fungi as it is often seen in children's books or wildlife illustrations.


This fungi is very attractive to children and adults alike as the bright colours are very tempting to touch.


The symptoms can appear after a very short time drowsiness, twitching and a death like sleep, vivid visions and even coma. Symptoms usually subside after about 7 or 8 hours. There has been at least one reported death after eating this fungi.

Growing Season

Late Summer to late Autumn.


Grows mainly around Birch trees in light shade.