King Stropharia – Wine Cap – Stropharia rugosoannulata

The King Stropharia is a massive, meaty, burgundy-capped mushroom that grows traditionally in temperate regions of the United States and Northern New Zealand in Spring. It is also becoming increasingly common in Australia particularly in New South Wales.

Characterised by its wood chip substrate and its sometimes massive size, this mushroom has an interesting flavour similar to potatoes or perhaps ‘deb’ potatoes and it is amazingly versatile in the kitchen.

We currently stock one very impressive King Stropharia strains named ‘3’ that was isolated from a Washington state source. It is an excellent performer both indoors and outside.

This is a warm-weather mushroom that fruits in Spring or early summer in Vic Tas.

Cultivation complexity – easy to moderate (indoors)

Main photo taken my our good friend Luke D.

The ‘Pawtucket’ SRA strain:

The ‘3’ SRA strain (fruited indoors above) on agar – superb rhizos:

14 thoughts on “King Stropharia – Wine Cap – Stropharia rugosoannulata”

  1. Hi am interested in buying spores for the king stropfaria mushrooms so I can put it on wood chip sub base under a tree here in the Baw Baw shire council in Victoria. Do you sell it

  2. Am in Australia and have what I think is this mushroom. Cap is cream, slightly rusty concave in the centre and is 15cm. Can’t seem to key it out in the book I have. Gills are pale grey, darkening later. Spore print is black (I thought there was a tint of violet but could be wrong). Ring is present but no volva. Stem is white and solid, very striated. Lovely smell, grown on decomposing wood chip. Want to eat it but not sure.

  3. I live on the Atherton Tablelands in Nth Qld and have a pile of woodchips in my garden.
    Can you advise if these mushrooms will grow in the temperate tropics?

  4. Hi
    O was watching some you tube videos and he had a vegetable garden with some sort of mushroom coming up
    And another video wine caps coming up they are both in the U.S.
    I am in Albury NSW can I do this too in the garden
    What could I try
    Do I need to inoculate the spores and good Rich soil with sawdust, wood chips as a growing medium
    Thanks for the info

  5. Hi, I want to start growing mushrooms outdoor on straw or woodchip beds. What easy growing mushrooms would you recommend for NSW climate in August? I have heard of Wine Cap or Oyster mushroom being easy for beginners. What do you recommend? Thanks, Fleur


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