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Turkey Tail Mushroom

Trametes versicolor

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Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


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Turkey Tail Mushroom Overview

Trametes versicolor is a fan-shaped mushroom, commonly known by the name Turkey Tail. It has a concentric mix of colours reminiscent of a turkey's tail, hence its common name. Although it is not regarded as tasty, some reports state it is edible, this species is better known for its medicinal properties. It is believed to help fight certain types of cancer, such as leukaemia and it stimulates the immune system. It can be beneficial to have in the garden as it aids in the decomposition of dead wood (saprophyte).

Common problems with Turkey Tail Mushroom

Green algae may develop on the mushroom cap.

    Turkey Tail Mushroom Companion Plants

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    Poplar Tree

    Populus spp.

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    Vachellia anegadensis

    How to harvest Turkey Tail Mushroom

    Harvest when the bracts are visible. Mushrooms can be dried and used to make teas or powders.

    How to propagate Turkey Tail Mushroom


    White spores spread to acacia and poplar trees as well as dead wood of other hardwood trees where is colonises the wood and portrudes the colourful bracket on the outside of the trees.

    Special features of Turkey Tail Mushroom

    Attractive fruits

    Beautiful colorful fruiting body with medicinal value.

    Other uses of Turkey Tail Mushroom


    Mostly used in cancer treatment research. It has also been proven to restore damaged bone marrow, relieve respiratory ailments, combat indigestion, urinary infections, inflammation and hepatitis B.


    Edible but unpalatable and tough.


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