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Fun guy in your yard? A warning not to eat wild mushrooms springing up after the storms

Mushrooms have been growing wild because of the recent wet weather
Caroline Feraday
Mushrooms have been growing wild because of the recent wet weather

With the wet weather we have been having, you may have noticed an unusual growth in your lawn.

You may have recently noticed something unusual growing….mushrooms! The damp weather has been perfect conditions for fungi, says Scot Pipkin from Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens.

"Fungus really like the humid, moist conditions. They spread via spores, but they also disperse through water. So it makes a lot of sense for these organisms to be able to disperse when it's windy and rainy, so their spores can spread as far as possible," said Pipkin.

He also had a warning to anyone who might be tempted to eat them!

"There are a wide array of fungus in this world, and some are harmful and can really affect you if you try to ingest them, so it's best to just look at them. Take a photo. Share it with your more knowledgeable friends," said Pipkin.

So look, but don't eat!

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022 and 2023.

Since joining the station she's won 10 Golden Mike Awards, 5 Los Angeles Press Club Awards, 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Writing.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for eleven years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.