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Elegant Stinkhorn Mushrooms


I opened my garage door this morning and immediately detected an unpleasant fragrance.  I thought to myself, “Maybe it’s coming from the trash cans on the side of my house”.  As I walked around to investigate, I discovered these odd-looking mushrooms.  After taking a few pictures and almost passing out from the smell, I did some research.

Here is what I discovered:

StinkhornThis mushroom is called the “Elegant Stinkhorn Mushroom”. It’s typically found around decaying plant material in flower beds and gardens and is covered with a green-colored slime making up the fungi's spores (like flower pollen). The spore attract flies that will carry the pollen and cause the fungi to spread. Underneath the plant material, there are white-looking eggs with long white strings protruding out from them.  These white strings are called “mycelia”, which is the actual fungus. Getting rid of these mushrooms was not very fun.  You’ll need the following items: 

1. Gloves (so you don’t get the horrible smell all over your hands)

2. Trash bag

3. Small hand shovel

4. A lot of patience!

Now the fun part begins - remove the mushrooms, white eggs/white string, and the decaying plant material and dispose of it into a trash bag. Depending on how many stinkhorns you have growing, it miay take you while to finish - this took me just over an hour or so to complete, plus I had to take a few breaks from the smell!

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Special thanks to Jim Milliman for contributing this article!


I don't have these mushrooms, but I do have mushrooms that come out every year in the back NE corner of our house in September. I just go out and pull them. We wonder why that is the only time that we see them.
Posted @ Friday, October 05, 2012 1:37 PM by lynne krumm
Once you see and smell these, there is no mistaking them. Easy to smell, but sometimes hard to find in a garden. Thank you for this information. Apparently they are not too common as no one else knew what I was talking about.
Posted @ Friday, October 05, 2012 10:33 PM by Jeanette Foreman
Never really had the chance to encounter this stingy mushrooms. But I sure know now how to get rid of them. Thanks for sharing this information.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 11:52 PM by Joondalup Lawn Mowing
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