Asked on May 11, 2012

This came up in my garden.....does anybody know what it is ?

EdelmiraGabrielle FalkRichard Martin


22 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on May 11, 2012

    it's a latticed stinkhorn....harmless you can see more details on stinkhorns at my website

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 12, 2012

    But I can see how its arrival would give one pause!

  • Charlotte G
    on May 12, 2012

    thank you so much... i can see where it gets it name....

  • Laurie S
    on May 12, 2012

    the squirrels eat them at my house. It's nice to know what it is called.

  • Sandy H
    on May 12, 2012

    They attract flies to spread their spores. They can be disgusting looking. I find them in my mulch at the lakehouse frequently.

  • Kim W
    on May 12, 2012

    They smell horrible. Where there is one, there will probably eventually be more. They like to pop up where there is fresh mulch or pine bark. We had a bumper crop of them after having several pine trees removed from our property. They come from little white egg looking pods? Look around, you may see some of those.

  • Janice C
    on May 12, 2012

    skunk cabbage ugh

  • Trish F
    on May 12, 2012

    I think I would be asking, "How do I get rid of them", LOL

  • Susie W
    on May 12, 2012

    OMG I have had this in my flower beds before, was coral colored , looked like an octopus, and the odor was like what I would imagine the Devil himself might smell like!

  • Angie G
    on May 12, 2012

    I had some two summers ago, and they STINK!

  • Cheryl E
    on May 12, 2012

    They are the natural consequence of decomposing organic matter. The specific species is determined by the material that is decomposing. Short of removing the mulch, the purpose of which is (among others) to add organic matter to your soil (critical to soil health), there's little to be done except wait for the fungus's "food" to sufficiently decay such that the fungus has nothing more to "feed" on and dies.

  • Billye K
    on May 12, 2012

    Had them last summer. Very weird! Then they started to smell. Yuck!!! Nice to know it has a name. But how do you prevent them so they don't come back???

  • Rebecca W
    on May 12, 2012

    All of these posts are great information.

  • John W
    on May 12, 2012

    its a raddish seed

  • Carol H
    on May 12, 2012

    Glad don't have them in my area, pew maybe pour straight vinigar on them, just don't get it on your plants

  • Betsie D
    on May 13, 2012

    It looks like Audrey from LIttle Shop of Horrors.

  • Joan
    on Mar 26, 2015

    I had shotgun fungus....looked more like male anatomy...was told to take a plastic bag and remove not touch...discard. They stinklike dog dodo.....disgusting stuff

  • JosephandRebecca Glover
    on Mar 28, 2015

    It is a columned stinkhorn fungi ,very smelly.We have them in Florida.

  • Mikell Paulson
    on Apr 28, 2015

    Maybe some soil sweetener might help! That way they might not come back. Pine and other compost can be acidic.

  • Richard Martin
    on Sep 5, 2016

    It looks very much like orange puffball fungi. NOT EDIBLE.

  • Gabrielle Falk
    on Sep 29, 2016

    Looks like a type of fungus. Be careful. It could be toxic. Probably best to remove wearing gloves.

  • Edelmira
    on Oct 4, 2016

    That look like a spoiled fruit and seeds start germinating from it

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