- The Washington Times - Friday, December 12, 2014

Queen Elizabeth, Queen Elizabeth, how does your garden grow? Apparently — with hallucinogenic mushrooms, more commonly called “magic mushrooms,” garden watchers found.

A ‘shroom was found growing on the Buckingham Palace ground, The Associated Press reported. Nobody, however, is pointing fingers at the queen for its planting.

The Amanita muscaria was found growing wild in the expansive gardens while people were preparing the site for a television show, AP said.

Palace officials did say that several hundred different types of mushrooms grow in the palace gardens — including some naturally occurring Amanita muscaria. That particular species can be beneficial to trees, but poisonous to humans.

Officials also noted: The mushrooms in the palace gardens aren’t used in the kitchens.



• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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