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Forest Fungi — King Stropharia

King Stropharia, a great mushroom for the garden.

Belinda Clark Garden Giant King Stropharia Stropharia rugosoannulata

King Stropharia, a great mushroom for the garden.

I was so glad to find a few Burgundy capped mushrooms in my garden recently. I have been hunting for, and trying to grow this mushroom for years. Also known as the garden giant, or Stropharia rugosoannulata, this mushroom is grown in many parts of the world, and is considered by many to be a choice edible. It also has a reputation as a great companion for plants, with it's ability to break down dead plant matter, and release nutrients back to growing plants. My first attempt to grow this species was in Canberra, on a coir substrate in a cardboard box. A...

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