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January 16, 2016

QuestionI live in west Little Rock in a patio home community.  This appeared in my azalea bed this year.  It begins with a cluster of
mushroom looking things at the base of the azaleas with white spreading roots and the soil turns white an inch or so down.  What is it and how do I get rid of this disgusting thing?  Thank you for any help you can provide?

 

Answer

 The recent rains and milder weather in December spurred on many types of mushrooms.  The one you have is a bit obnoxious in that it smells to high heavens—thus its common name stinkhorn mushroom. They grow in damp wood mulch and once mature, they emit a foul smelling green slime (which yours have) that attracts flies and beetles to the area to transmit the spores to other areas, so total eradication is close to impossible.   Knock them down and dispose of them as soon as you spot them or smell them, and aerate the soil and it should help.  The sooner they are gone, the less chance the flies can get in there and repopulate them.

 


 

November 14, 2015

Question

I noticed a 3 - 4" reddish orange, horn shaped growth in my flower bed and it has an unusual odor.  A day or two later I noticed it was on the ground and there was a hole near the ground line.  Eventually several more horns came up.  I did notice with the last horn there were small, white, round mushroom-looking growths in the ground at the base of the horn.  I live in Maumelle and have for six years but have never seen these horns in my garden before.  I wonder if all of the rain might have something to do with the horns.  Have you ever heard or seen anything that might resemble what I described?  I appreciate your time

 

AnswerYou are experiencing one of the stinkhorn mushrooms—there are other less polite common names for this mushroom as well.  Regardless of what you call it, they do have an intense noxious odor. They grow in damp wood mulch and once mature, they emit a green slime that attracts flies and beetles to the area to help propagate them. After our recent rains, we have had quite a few mushrooms pop up, some more pleasant than others.  Knock them down as soon as you spot them and aerate the soil and it should help.   

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