Hericium erinaceus

Hericium erinaceus


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Similar Species: 

Hericium americanum/ ramosom

Hericium coralloides

Hericium abietis (PNW conifers)

Tree Association:


Live Oak (usually in the SE)

Also on Beech, Maple,Box Elder…

Rarely found in root crevices at base of tree:

Medicinal Info: 

Hericium erinaceus is taken by mouth for age-related mental decline, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and to improve overall mental function and memory. It is also taken by mouth for long-term inflammation of the stomach lining (chronic atrophic gastritis), stomach ulcers, H. pylori infection, diabetes, cancer, high cholesterol, and weight loss.

Hericium erinaceus is applied to the skin for wound healing.

As food, the fruiting body of Hericium erinaceus is consumed in Chinese and Japanese dishes.

How does it work?

Hericium erinaceus may improve the development and function of nerves. It might also protect nerves from becoming damaged. This might help prevent conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. Hericium erinaceus also seems to help protect the mucous membrane layer of the stomach. This might help improve symptoms related to long-term swelling of the stomach lining (chronic atrophic gastritis) or stomach ulcers.


Hericium erinaceus  is an edible and medicinal mushroom belonging to the tooth fungus group. Native to North America, Europe and Asia it can be identified by its long spines (greater than 1 cm length), its appearance on hardwoods and its tendency to grow a single clump of dangling spines. Hericium erinaceus can be mistaken for other species of Hericium, all popular edibles, which grow across the same range. In the wild, these mushrooms are common during late summer and fall on hardwoods, particularly American beech.