Fragile Brittlegill - Russula fragilis


The cap is 2 to 6 cm in diameter and is variable in colour between various shades of red and violet but more commonly purple and often having a blackish centre. The cap margin is usually grooved and the gill edges have a distinctive serrated appearance. Taste of flesh quite hot.

Identification difficulty

In broad-leaf woodland and sometimes also in coniferous woodland, preferring damp, well shaded places.

When to see it

August to October

Life History

Usually scattered and not in large groups

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map