Grows on ground, typcially in clusters. In California only known from the northwest corner of the state in spruce/fir forests.
Edible but mediocre.
This distinctive blue to purplish mushroom has only a superficial realtionship to the chanterelles, such as Craterellus cornucopiodes. Both micro-mophological and molecular evidence firmly places Polyozellus multiplex in the Thelephorales, along with Thelephora, Sarcodon, Hydnellum, and Boletopsis.