PRISM’s Guide to Magic Mushrooms

Page 2 – Typical Growing Locations

Typical growing location #1
Typical growing location #2
Typical growing location
Typical growing location #3
tanbark mushrooms
Typical growing location # 4 – yes, they are all magic.
Typical growing location # 5

Above are a few pictures I took to help you visualise the sort of places to be looking for these mushrooms:

Typical growing location # 1: On the side of a walking trail in a foresty/park type area with lots of wood chips.

Typical growing location # 2: Near a creek, or river, with lots of wood chips or fallen trees nearby. I’ve found that magic mushrooms in these sorts of areas tend to prefer slight inclines over flat bits of land, so they will often set up camp on the inclined dirt leading into a creek. Something to keep in mind.

Typical growing location # 3: In piles of mulch! Obviously the piles don’t need to be this extreme, you will often find mulch like this in parks and in garden beds. Who knows, you might have some growing in your own garden? PRISM have never been so lucky, but we like to think there are people luckier than us out there.

Typical growing location # 4: Tanbark. Psilocybe subaeruginosa are wood loving mushrooms, that means they love wood. They can’t get enough of it. Tanbark provides a lot of it, and because the pieces of wood are so small, they offer little resistance for the mushroom to grow out; they simply slip in between the bits of bark.

Typical growing location # 5: Tall tufts of grass. Subs love to grow in tall grass, especially with lots of twigs or pine needles scattered on the floor. I assume they like it for a few reasons: firstly, the grass provides perfect shelter from predators such as ourselves; secondly, the grass collects a lot of moisture from the rain and allows the mushrooms in on some of the wet action without getting directly soaked and waterlogged, and lastly, the soil is usually softer and offers the least amount of resistance for them to grow. Because of this, mushrooms growing in tall grass will typically have longer and thinner stems than their tanbark and wood chip brothers, who will usually be stumpier.

The season generally starts in April, but doesn’t officially start until we get a good amount of rain, which often doesn’t happen until mid to late May. I’ve found that once Mothers’ Day has passed, it’s go time (sorry Mum). One night of rain is all it takes as the mushrooms grow extremely fast, but as a rule of thumb, it’s best to wait until there has been a week of good rain before you go hunting. Urban legend says you must wait for the first full moon… Whenever you decide to go hunting, remember that the sun sets at 5.30 – 6 pm and it’s extremely difficult to hunt then, even with a flashlight, so get up early and enjoy the crisp morning air!

Mycelium – the stuff mushrooms (and dreams) are made of.
A close up of a mycelium network – notice the blue tinge.

In the above pictures, you can see a whole lot of mycelium, which is the vegetative part of a fungus. It grows under the soil and branches off into huge networks that allow the fungus to absorb nutrients. It is out of this stuff that the mushrooms grow; so if you find a patch of the stuff be sure to check back on it in a few days time. Mycelium looks a bit like spider web, as it’s fluffy and silvery white. When picking magic mushrooms it’s common etiquette to be respectful to their habitat by not yanking them out of the ground along with all of their mycelium. Bring a pair of scissors with you, if you can remember, and cut them from the base of the stem, therefore leaving their roots behind to continue growing. This is also respectful to other pickers as well, so they may see some harvests in spots that you have already picked. If you don’t have scissors then you can pinch the mushroom at the base of its stem. Don’t pull it out of the ground, and definitely don’t dig up the soil with your hands.


I found this wood chip hanging out on the floor. I saw a great photo opportunity as it shows two baby subs growing on a bit of bark covered in mycelium – one of the mushrooms is blueing like crazy, and I can only imagine what it would look like fully grown.

psilocybe subaeruginosa

Before I go on with the drying/storing process I’ll show a few more pictures of mushrooms I have picked in the 2012 season to give you a better idea of what to look for.

psilocybe subaeruginosa psilocybe subaeruginosa

Above is a typical ‘tall-grass’ variety of the subaeruginosa mushroom.

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Above: ‘tall-grass’ subs. Below: ‘woodchip’ subs.

magic mushrooms

Note that the mushrooms that have received more sunlight (as the pic above) will appear to be a lighter colour. Next Page: List of common non-actives

163 thoughts on “PRISM’s Guide to Magic Mushrooms

  1. ey mate… love your tips/review and photos and stuffs!!! was wondering if you know if there’s were any at dandenong ?? cause i was planning to go for a bushwalk there with the missus. i come from western suburbs melbourne and I usually go picking in the East Side but recently stumbled across some subs at my cousins place while going hunting with him in his backyard in western subs in melb LOLOL!!!!

      1. Where can i get magic mushroom in mauritius? Can you help me please? Its a tropical island with plenty of rain so??

  2. hey do you think they’d be growing around this time? it rained all last week so would they be popping up yet? I was looking to hunt in dandenong and endeavour hills in some creeks, good areas or nah? excellent guide by the way!

  3. hey man i absolutely love this guide!! i saw your comment on shroomery promoting this article.
    i am from Sydney and just moved to Melbourne, i live in bayside near Brighton (black rock). is it possible to find them around the bayside area or do i have to look more inland? there are quite a few parks with woodchips around , but the soil seems a little sandy!

    any response is much appreciated 🙂 thanks!

  4. Im guessing this comment in years to late but im really glad i had a dream about magic mushies (never tried them before but want to )and decided to look them up your guide was just what i was wanting to find. Im going to get out there and see if i can find what im looking for 🙂 what do you reccomend for a first time dose fresh ?

    1. Never too late! The dose you initiate yourself with really depends on you. If you want to start with a low dose to test the waters then I’d suggest 10 grams fresh (1g dried), but if you want to experience it at its full potential then I’d go either 20 or 30 grams fresh (2-3g dried). Seeing as you’re new to picking please be cautious about what you consume and make sure you have everything properly identified first. All the best 🙂

  5. Hey mate just been looking for shrooms this season, I’ve come across 2 different types one much larger than the other, the larger one on Mt Dandenong and the smaller in Fairfield am I able to send pictures in to you? i took a spore print of the larger one and its Tan colour, almost the same as the top of the cap. I’m looking for a blueish spore print right? thanks

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  7. Wow! What an informative,extremely well written piece of literature!
    This project is worth a million bucks to someone like me who is just beginning to realise what nature has laid before us in the paddock over the road!
    I have long wanted to delve into the mushroom world but hearing so many wild tales of predominant bullshit and fear of turning my liver to mush (which is quite possible and well understood) have always made me turn the other way! In the passed few weeks I have scanned the net and found some extremely well (self) educated spirits that are willing to pass on their AWSOME knowledge so that people like me can make informed and identified decisions about how to approach this ‘field’ with alot less fear and possibly fatal guesswork!
    I’m ready to roll!!!

    Many many thanks-

    (On another note-I spyed what I’m pretty sure is a ’61 Les Paul SG reissue-a possible ES Dot (?) and a Vox amp in a few of the backdrops)
    BIG Gibson fan myself-all in all,Me thinks you must be one cool human being!!
    Happy Life to you-you cool human being!!
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      1. Mate-I have a ’61 reissue,2 Flying V’s ’76 and ’67 reissues (the ’76 is loaded with EMG’s- (81 bridge and 89(split coil) neck) and I’ve been thumping away on an Epiphone eb3 I just picked up a month ago from the States (nice n’ Cheap as it’s a factory second)-
        Amp wise I’ve got a 100w JCM 900 SLX half stack and a 60w JTM Combo for the glassy stuff (nice vintage sound)
        -Ive been bashing the bass thru a little T25 Vox box which surprisingly,goes BANG!
        I’ll get some piccys together and send ’em thru when I get a chance man-
        MATE! Thanks for the reply and once again! You’re obviously an intelligent cool bloke and its a pleasure to hear back from ya good self! Credit to humanity Brother.
        Will catch up again soon-being a Dad of 4 keeps me plenty busy dude so I’ll cast a line when I can mate!
        Go easy Champion!

  8. hello people i am new to picking mushrooms i have come across some i think are magic mushrooms some people say they are not magic mushrooms unless they turn blueish in the stalk or the top well , well mine havnt turned bluesih at all theyve been sitting for an hour or so now is there anyone that can send me a email or something some i can send them pictures of the magic mushrooms i have i just dont want to take them and end up in hospital because there bad mushrooms email is please and thankyou

  9. The best guide I have seen on the web for subs! Thanks a lot 🙂 I have been picking a couple of times and considered myself fairly experience but this helped me to be a lot more confident in what to look for and what to avoid! Well written also, cheers.

  10. Only once i have used psychedelics and these were the truffles not the shrooms. The experience is good and i enjoyed with truffles. Can anyone there let me know that are shrooms are safer like truffles or any difference between both. Magic Truffles i bought from

  11. I just landscaped my front yard .its a 80 percent shade area. Layed down soil manure mix. Toped by mulch. Lots of rain lately and next thing I know tons of shrooms poping up
    .not exactly sure if they are fun ones or poison.are fun ones only carmel color.?mine are white and biege colored.

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