NAME : PSILOCYBE MUSHROOM
GAELIC NAME : ?
LATIN NAME : Psilocybe
COMMON/FOLK NAMES : Liberties, Liberty Caps,
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England & other places in
HABITAT : Can be found almost everywhere, in fields, on hillsides, on
mountainsides, on golf courses, village greens, sports fields, and gardens. They prefer a
south facing slope with wet soil.
DESCRIPTION: This fungi is known for its 'Breast or Tit' like shape. The
mushroom has a crooked stem with a cone shaped cap, with a nipple in the middle. Grows in
clumps sometimes hundreds per square meter. Is a brown colour when first out, fading to a
yellow then to a Gold or golden yellow when dry. Life span is from 3 to 4 days with more
coming up to replace those that die.
FLOWERING PERIOD : Can be found on mountain tops from the end of July if it
has been a wet year. Will spread down into the low lands as the ground get wetter from
August onwards. The mushroom will move down off the mountain side and hillsides into the
low lands as the climate gets colder to go completely with the first frost. Around the
middle of October. Can sometime continue to be found in low-land areas up until the
middle of November if it is a mild Autumn.
When picking, the stem should be cut so as the
removal of the root does not take place. All the fungi in an area are a few
oraginisms which is mainly the root
systems and damage can cause the death of the root system and therfore the loss
of the fungi over a large area.
PROPERTIES : Stimulant, Mind Expander
There are many extremely deadly species which can
appear very similar to non-toxic species.
GENDER : Female
PLANET : Venus
: Love, Prophecy, Sexual
This fungi was widely used by the ancient Druids of Ireland. It was used in the potion
taken by the Celtic warriors before they went into battle. It was also used in all astral
projection spells. In the sweat houses to help communicate with the Earth and
Carry some dried liberty caps to attract
Illustration by Arthur Rackham for Alice
in Wonderland (use of mushrooms for intoxication was well known in