The colors of the rainbow include red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Here’s a variety of colorful
mushrooms you may have not seen yet before. When you put them altogether they can be compared to a
Righteous Red Waxy Cap (Hygrocybe coccinea)
Red is the color of love. The edible Righteous Red Waxy Cap is also called Scarlet Hood and Scarlet Waxcap. It is
a colorful mushroom found across the Northern Hemisphere from China and Japan to Europe and North America.
The small bright red mushroom is a familiar sight in unimproved grasslands in Europe in late summer and autumn,
and woodlands in North America in winter.
Scarlet Waxy Cap (Hygrocybe punicea)
Another red mushroom is the edible Crimson or Scarlet Waxy Cap, a colorful found across Northern Europe.
It has a mild taste although there have been reports of adverse reactions in North America. Like the Scarlet Hood,
the Scarlet Waxy Cap has a wide distribution in grasslands across Europe, and in woodland in North America.
Orange Mycena (Mycena leaiana)
The bioluminescent Orange Mycena or Lea’s Mycena of North America is characterized by its bright orange
cap and stalk and reddish-orange gill edges. It usually grows in dense clusters on deciduous logs. The pigment
responsible for the orange color in this species has antibiotic properties.
Another brightly orange-colored mushroom is the captivating and adorable Setas naranjas.
Jelly Babies (Leotia lubrica)
The non-poisonous but not inedible Jelly Babies of North America is a mushroom with bright yellow stem and cap.
The cap is dry and brittle and the stem is thick. As mentioned, it is not toxic but it’s not inedible. It just isn’t
recommended to eat. It grows under conifer and hardwood trees.
Yellow Houseplant Mushroom (Leucocoprinus birnbaumii)
The inedible but brightly colored Yellow Houseplant Mushroom is a fungus that commonly grows in greenhouses
or with potted plants. Other common names include the Flower-pot Parasol and the Plantpot Dapperling. It is not
edible and may cause gastrointestinal disturbances in certain individuals and may be poisonous.
Caesar’s Mushroom (Amanita caesarea)
The edible Caesar’s Mushroom that is endemic to southern Europe and North Africa has a distinctive orange cap,
yellow gills and stem. This mushroom was known to and valued by the Ancient Romans who called it Boletus. It is
highly prized, but many mycologists warn against seeking it out as it can be easily confused with other deadly
members of the Amanita family.
Chicken Lips (Leotia viscose)
The peculiar Chicken Lips is a mushroom with a stem that can be yellow, orange to white, and the cap is green.
The cap comes in a variety of shapes. The edibility of this mushroom is unknown. This unique fungus grows
under conifer trees or on dead logs.
Verdigris Agaric (Stropharia aeruginosa)
The slimy, green and medium-sized Verdigris Agaric of Europe and North America can be found on roadsides,
parks, lawns, mulch and woodland from spring to autumn. It is reported as poisonous in many guidebooks, yet
the effect of poisoning is little known and toxic constituents unknown.
Blue Mushroom (Entoloma hochstetteri)
The pretty but inedible Entoloma hochstetteri of New Zealand and India is a small mushroom with a distinctive
all-blue color. The blue coloring of the fruit body is due to three azulene pigments. It is not known if it’s poisonous
This attractive species was one of six native fungi featured in a set of fungal stamps issued in New Zealand in
2002. It is also seen on the reverse side of the $50 bank note, issued by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in
Amethyst Deceiver (Laccaria amethystine)
The small and brightly colored Amethyst Deceiver is an edible mushroom that grows in both coniferous and
deciduous forests. It is commonly called ‘deceiver’ because its bright amethyst coloration fades with age and
weathering and it becomes difficult to identify. It contains a high concentration of arsenic.
Violet Mushroom (Cortinarius violaceus)
The edible Cortinarius violaceus of North America and Europe is a mushroom whose primary appeal is its
appearance – its beauty. It grows in coniferous woodland and hardwoods. This mild tasting mushroom has
a slight smell reminiscent of cedar-wood.
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