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Common Puffball

Lycoperdon perlatum

Also known as

Common Puffball Mushroom, Warted Puffball, Gem-Studded Puffball, Devil's Snuff-Box, Wolf Farts, The Devil's Snuff-Box

Full Shade
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

7a

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

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Common Puffball Overview

Lycoperdon perlatum is an edible puffball fungus species in the family Agaricaceae. These mushrooms are quite common but easily confused with that of Scleroderma species, which are highly toxic. Likewise, death caps can appear similar to puffballs initially, but eventually, flatten and open. Puffballs can be found growing in mixed woodland, gardens, pasture, commons and heaths, as well as in along roadsides.