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Elegant Stinkhorn Mushroom

We found this elegant stinkhorn growing in our flowerbed. It came up overnight. It is a mushroom that supposedly puts off a horrid smell. We found ours before it had a chance to begin to smell bad apparently.

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I photographed it and then dug it up and disposed of it in the trash. From what I have read they can take over your garden and we have put a lot of work into our gardens. Plus this stinkhorn was found in our garden next to our front door and I didn't want to take a chance for it to start smelling rank.

The egg sac contained a new stinkhorn that had not yet emerged from the egg yet (I dissected the egg sac before throwing it away out of curiosity). This is the second elegant stinkhorn that has come up in our yard this season. Not sure why they have suddenly shown up. We have never seen these before anywhere in our region. They are not hard to miss against the green grass or the brown mulch. They are bright red and, at first glance, look like a finger. Sorta freaky at first glance. :)

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December 14, 20110 found this helpful

It looks more like a male part to me than a fungus! LOL... I once had one in my garden too and took it to a local nursery so they could identify it. Keep in mind I have no sense of smell so it didn't stink to me. When I showed the fellow, he stepped back and said "can't you smell that thing?" Of course I replied "no". I wondered how long my car stunk afterwards LOL

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December 14, 20110 found this helpful

Looks like they kind they call "dog stinkhorn". Guess why?

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January 3, 20120 found this helpful

If you use animal manure that could be the cause.

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

I have many of these things in my flower beds. I discovered that they began to appear after I got a load of cheap mulch from a nursery.

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I want to know how to get rid of them. They seem to multiply more after it rains.

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February 4, 20130 found this helpful

I live in east central Georgia and we have these smelly things pop up all around and under our grandchildren's swing set of all places! I shovel them out and toss into the woods but they come back. My husband read that they aren't harmful in any way, just ugly and smelly!

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July 31, 20140 found this helpful

This is a very interesting article, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading it and seeing all the colorful pictures.

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October 17, 20140 found this helpful

These are all over the mulched area in our backyard. What is odd is that I can't smell them even close by while my girlfriend can pick them up from 15 yards away.

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My sense of smell is still intact, it makes me wonder if some people don't have receptors for whatever chemical they put off.

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August 30, 20190 found this helpful

Discovered this thing in my garden among some mulch. It was bright red standing up - certainly looked phallic. it has small black dots on it. There is a red fungus just like it that is extremely poisonous. I will get rid of it immediately.

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