Large, violet-gray cap with cream-pink pores; violet stalk that is sometimes webbed. Grows scattered on the ground in mixed woods. June–September. Cap convex, becoming flat; violet, turning grayish purple, then brownish; texture dry, smooth; flesh is white. Pores small; round; cream becoming pinkish tan. Stalk enlarging slightly toward the base; violet, even after cap fades; sometimes becoming webbed with a darker violet; texture smooth. Spore print pinkish to reddish to brown. Spores magnified are smooth, elliptical.
Lookalikes: Other Boletus species.