Mushrooms run rampant in Colorado

KUSA- Mushrooms have been popping up all over town, so we went to Vera Evenson, Curator of the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi at Denver Botanic Gardens, to find out more about the little fungi and what they mean for Colorado.

Mushrooms thrive in rich, wet soil and Vera says all the rain Denver has seen is creating the perfect place for fungus to grow. Monsoon season will create an even better environment for the mushrooms, so we can expect to see a lot more.

Evenson says luckily, there aren't too many poisonous varieties here in Denver, so if the kids or a dog accidentally eat one, they should be OK. She warns if you are worried about a mushroom someone has eaten, call Poison Control to find out more about it.

Colorado has a total of 5 "life zones". A life zone is an area you will see different varieties of fungus in, and has one of the biggest varieties of mushrooms in any of the 49 lower states.

Vera says the mushroom is an amazing fungus that helps the environment rejuvenate because it helps rot all the dead plants around it, making way for new life.

You can visit Vera for help identifying a particular mushroom, or to look around the Herbarium of Fungi by calling Denver Botanic Gardens.

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