The individual parts of Pig's Ears is fairly
small, 1-4 inches wide. The height usually depends on where the
plant is emerging; at a tree trunk or on a compost pile. The
cups are shallow, unevenly shaped and split along the margins;
usually turned upward to expose the white or pale purple gills.
The color is usually dull brown with a purple tinge, or may be
entirely tinged with purple (classic). The entire plant
turns black and gelatinous with age. Preferred habitat
is in tended flower plots, especially at the trunk of small shrubs. The
flesh is brittle, and the cap skin is often slimy.