Caps are 2-13 cm across, smooth, convex to flat, with a cottony margin, and are brown to red-brown, and sometimes with a purplish tinge. The taste is unpleasant. Gills are attached, close, pale grey, and age purple-brown. Stalks are up to 15 cm tall by 2 cm wide, white to yellow, and shaggy below the ring. The ring is persistent, and white at first but turns dark brown with the spore deposit. Spore prints are purple-brown. It fruits under conifers. Not edible.