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

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q this came up in my garden does anybody know what it is, gardening
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  • Walter Reeves Walter Reeves on May 11, 2012
    it's a latticed stinkhorn....harmless you can see more details on stinkhorns at my website

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on May 12, 2012
    But I can see how its arrival would give one pause!

  • Charlotte G Charlotte G on May 12, 2012
    thank you so much... i can see where it gets it name....

  • Laurie S Laurie S on May 12, 2012
    the squirrels eat them at my house. It's nice to know what it is called.

  • Sandy H 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 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 Janice C on May 12, 2012
    skunk cabbage ugh

  • Trish F Trish F on May 12, 2012
    I think I would be asking, "How do I get rid of them", LOL

  • Susie W 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 Angie G on May 12, 2012
    I had some two summers ago, and they STINK!

  • Cheryl E 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 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 Rebecca W on May 12, 2012
    All of these posts are great information.

  • John W John W on May 12, 2012
    its a raddish seed

  • Carol H 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 Betsie D on May 13, 2012
    It looks like Audrey from LIttle Shop of Horrors.

  • Joan Joan on Mar 26, 2015
    I had shotgun fungus....looked more like male anatomy...was told to take a plastic bag and remove it....do not touch...discard. They stinklike dog dodo.....disgusting stuff

  • JosephandRebecca Glover JosephandRebecca Glover on Mar 28, 2015
    It is a columned stinkhorn fungi ,very smelly.We have them in Florida.

  • Mikell Paulson Mikell Paulson on Apr 27, 2015
    Maybe some soil sweetener might help! That way they might not come back. Pine and other compost can be acidic.

  • Richard Martin Richard Martin on Sep 05, 2016
    It looks very much like orange puffball fungi. NOT EDIBLE.

  • Gabrielle Falk 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 Edelmira on Oct 04, 2016
    That look like a spoiled fruit and seeds start germinating from it