Large, violet-gray cap with cream-pink pores; violet stalk that is sometimes webbed. Grows scattered on the ground in mixed woods. June–September. Cap convex, becoming flat; violet, turning grayish purple, then brownish; texture dry, smooth; flesh is white. Pores small; round; cream becoming pinkish tan. Stalk enlarging slightly toward the base; violet, even after cap fades; texture smooth; sometimes becoming webbed with a darker violet. Spore print pinkish brown. Spores magnified are smooth, elliptical.
Lookalikes: Other Boletus species.
Habitat and Conservation
Mushrooms are a lot like plants, but they lack chlorophyll and have to take nutrients from other materials. Mushrooms are neither plants nor animals. They are in a different kingdom — the fungi. Fungi include the familiar mushroom-forming species, plus the yeasts, molds, smuts, and rusts.
Always be cautious when eating edible mushrooms. Be absolutely sure of the ID, and only eat a small amount the first time you try it to avoid a reaction..