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Saw these bulbus things growing in the mulch area next to mexican petunias and butterfly bush, thought they were mush rooms and I kicked them and the covering came off and inside was this yellow slimy thing.


  • Rob Unregistered says:

    Has anyone found a way to get rid of these? I tried mulch from a new supplier this year and have probably dug up 30 or so of the stinkhorns and bulbs this year.

    September 30th, 2013 at 10:56am

  • jr34122 Apprentice says:

    As the submitter I did not want to post a photo after the egg matured and sprung up because its rather phallic. But I can assure you that these are stink horn mushrooms because they grow exactly into what the pictures are on the internet.

    August 30th, 2013 at 11:44am

  • Donna Stenger Bohanan Unregistered says:

    I think it is the fungus known as Dog Vomit Slime Mold. Probably named by a 9-year-old boy.

    August 30th, 2013 at 11:05am

  • Kathy Gist Unregistered says:

    We had a problem with these a few years running. They sure look like what I was told were stinkhorns. If I was unlucky to ferret out the “eggs” very early on, the foul smell would practically knock you over as soon as you came out the door into the garden. Seriously nasty!

    August 30th, 2013 at 10:12am

  • Denise McNair Unregistered says:

    Garlic. Mmmmmmmm!

    August 30th, 2013 at 9:06am

  • Fluff Unregistered says:

    Amphibian eggs. Are turtles amphibians…ha?

    August 30th, 2013 at 1:10am

  • Allen Thompson Unregistered says:


    August 30th, 2013 at 12:06am

  • JoAnn Campbell Unregistered says:

    Were they stinky? We had some stinky things like this in our mulch and a neighbor knocked on our door telling us they thought we had a gas leak. We decided to cover the nasty things in a plastic bag then remove them. (stinky stinky)

    August 29th, 2013 at 9:51pm

  • Doris Unregistered says:

    I know all too well they are stinkhorns. Our yard is covered. We dig up 20-50 every day. If they mature, the smell is unbearable!

    August 29th, 2013 at 7:30pm

  • Christina Johnson Unregistered says:

    Looks like an immature earth star mushroom to me.

    August 29th, 2013 at 6:06pm

  • Anita Rosen Unregistered says:

    Yellow slime mold aka scrambled egg slime mold or sacrophytic fungus.

    August 29th, 2013 at 5:36pm

  • Judy Cook Unregistered says:

    I would have to agree “stinkhorn” or dragon eggs, maybe?

    August 29th, 2013 at 5:45pm

  • Susan Walraven Unregistered says:

    egg yolk fungi?

    August 29th, 2013 at 4:04pm

  • Elizabeth Norman Unregistered says:

    Slime mold. Lycogala epidendrumis, maybe?

    August 29th, 2013 at 3:10pm

  • John Parks Unregistered says:

    I believe it to be the fruit of the mushroom caused by the warmth and moisture of late.

    August 29th, 2013 at 3:51pm

  • Crashing Boulder Unregistered says:

    They are what are ‘commonly’ called – and if you saw one fully, ahem – deployed – Penis Mushrooms! They are also known as Stinkhorn Mushrooms or by their botanical name Phallus impudicus – roughly translated by me to ‘Impertinent Ding Dong’. When they actually come out of the ground from their bulb form, they are one of the most disgusting and noticeably unavoidable things you will ever smell, emitting an odor said to replicate the smell of carrion, rotting flesh. It is this overwhelmingly obnoxious and offensive smell that brings all manner of flies and other flying insects to land on them and then take off with the mushroom’s spores attached to their bodies to be spread around the area. I have had them ‘popping up’ in my front yard garden beds to my ultimate peril and personal disgust and revulsion. Now, every time I see one or more of the bulbs about to pop through the mulch, I get out my hand spade and I dig them up and throw them into my outside garbage bin. If I knew how to, I would banish them permanently!

    August 29th, 2013 at 3:45pm

  • Natalie Unregistered says:

    It looks to me like some kind of stink pot In its early stages. Or maybe ground cherry fruit?

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:57pm

  • Rick Unregistered says:

    Some species of bird eggs? House Wren, possibly?

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:28pm

  • Scott Gleason Unregistered says:

    Immature stinkhorn maybe?

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:53pm

  • Denise McNair Unregistered says:

    Garlic! 🙂

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:42pm

  • Barbara Hensley Unregistered says:


    August 29th, 2013 at 2:42pm

  • KC Unregistered says:

    phallus fungus, or more commonly known as stinkhorns…they’re quite…interesting 🙂

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:51pm

  • Dan Kingloff Unregistered says:


    August 29th, 2013 at 2:27pm

  • Scott Apprentice says:

    Yellow Slime mold ?

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:17pm

  • Marylee v Unregistered says:

    It sounds and smells like stinkhorns, which I’ve encountered in my yard. But mine were a pinkish red with white “eggs” in them.

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:13pm

  • stanley Unregistered says:

    Devil’s snuff in early stages

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:48pm

  • Lee Kurtz Unregistered says:

    Stinkhorn eggs! I have a ton of those and full grown stinkhorns (Ravenel’s) in my mulch. They do stink but are awesome fungi.

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:08pm

  • Janet Thompson Unregistered says:

    Artillery fungus

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:07pm

  • Jeannie Giddens Unregistered says:

    Are they a fungus, that would be reproducing?

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:01pm

  • Chris Tennant Unregistered says:

    An immature ‘devil’s snuffpack’ fungus?

    August 29th, 2013 at 2:10pm

  • Bret Unregistered says:


    August 29th, 2013 at 1:47pm

  • Tracey Unregistered says:

    puff balls

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:43pm

  • Bret Unregistered says:

    wild garlic

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:24pm

  • Joan Rosenke Unregistered says:

    It is slime mold which is a plant fungus.

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:52pm

  • Nancy Erickson Unregistered says:


    August 29th, 2013 at 1:34pm

  • Rob Registered says:

    Stinkhorns? Just emerging.

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:17pm

  • Ann Neuhierl Unregistered says:

    It’s a fungus

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:49pm

  • Angela K. Unregistered says:


    August 29th, 2013 at 1:25pm

  • Mary Siceloff Unregistered says:

    I have been meaning to send photos of an alien looking growth that comes out of egg-like sacs – I think it might be the same thing! I will post the photos on the Georgia Gardener facebook page to see if they are the same family of pod-things.

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:51pm

  • Lisa Lugsdin Unregistered says:

    Fungus,of some kind. Going to “seed” soon.

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:45pm

  • Judy R Apprentice says:

    Its a stink horn mushroom, im the submittter

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:31pm

  • Sharon B Graham Unregistered says:


    August 29th, 2013 at 1:50pm

  • Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    Nope – not reptile eggs keep guessing!

    August 29th, 2013 at 1:55pm

  • Scott Gleason Unregistered says:

    Reptile eggs, I incubated some one time and hatched some ring neck snakes.

    August 29th, 2013 at 12:23pm

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