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Wine cap mushroom

Stropharia rugoso-annulata

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This species of edible mushroom is found naturally in garden beds, on lawns and forest edges. It is quite easy to cultivate and will be a great addition to any home garden as it enriches soils and suppresses weeds. Unlike most other mushrooms, the King stropharia is best grown in full sun or partial shade.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Pinch off or cut the mushrooms at the base of the stipe when the caps have opened completely and the underneath gills are completely visible.

Propagation

Seed
Dark purple-brown spores are spread by the wind. Mycelium growth is most likely to happen in beds of wood chips or mulch from where the caps will emerge.

Special features

Attractive fruits
Edible mushroom fruiting body.

Geography

Origin
Europe and North America
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Flavour similar to potatoes and red wine.

Personality

Family
Strophariaceae
Flower colour
Wine red to reddish-brown caps
Scent
Strong

Problems

Flies may lay their eggs in the caps of these mushrooms. Always check for little holes that might indicate fly maggots that are eating the mushrooms and discard any specimens that look suspicious.

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