Collibia is snowy

Snow colliery (Gymnopus vernus)


  • Department: Basidiomycota (Basidiomycetes)
  • Subdivision: Agaricomycotina (Agaricomycetes)
  • Class: Agaricomycetes (Agaricomycetes)
  • Subclass: Agaricomycetidae (Agaricomycetes)
  • Order: Agaricales (Agaric or Lamellar)
  • Family: Omphalotaceae (Omphalot)
  • Genus: Gymnopus (Gymnopus)
  • Species: Gymnopus vernus (Snowy Collibia)
    Other names for the mushroom:
  • Collibia snowy
  • Spring hymnopus
  • Snowy honey


  • Collybia nivalis

  • Spring hymnopus

  • Spring honey

  • Snowy honey

  • Collibia snowy

Collybia nivalis

Collybia vernus is a type of mushroom belonging to the Negniychnikov family, the Gymnopus genus.

External description

The fruit body of the spring hymnopus has a dark brown color, but on the cap of some mushrooms there are sometimes light marks. After drying, the flesh of the mushroom becomes light brown. The diameter of the cap can be up to 4 cm.

Season and habitat of the fungus

The spring hymnopus grows during periods of snow melting in the forest (most often it can be seen in April and May). It occurs in snow thawed patches and in areas where the thickness of the snow cover is minimal. It got its name because it appears from under the snow in early spring, like the first flowers, breeches and snowdrops.

Snowy colliery prefers to grow in alder forests, near living trees, in clearings well lit by the sun. This mushroom thrives on swampy, damp, peaty soils. Snowy kollibi grow well on fallen leaves and branches rotting on the ground.


Snow collibia is a conditionally edible mushroom. This species has been little studied by scientists, so there are conflicting opinions about the edibility of the species. It is impossible to poison yourself with snowy collibia, but because of the thin leg and small size, mushroom pickers do not like it.

Similar types and differences from them

They taste like honey mushrooms. The aroma is earthy, similar to autumn mushrooms.

Other information about the mushroom

The spring hymnopus is not afraid of frost. After them, these mushrooms thaw and continue to grow.

Photo of the Snowy Collibia mushroom from the questions in recognition:

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