Found a weird looking mushroom in my Blackberry bed....

Bruinx97(10 (Los Angeles, CA))April 4, 2012

Hi,

I found this weird looking mushroom growing in my Blackberry Bed. It was pretty gross looking, so I took it out. Does anyone know what it is? And is it bad for my garden?

I've left 'normal' looking mushrooms in some of my garden beds, because I heard they are beneficial, but this one just irked me.

Thanks!

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glenn_russell(6b RI)

Looks like a type of "Stinkhorn" to me. If it's like mine, they stink really bad... such that you can smell them 20 feet away. I'd say "Kill it ASAP", but from what I understand it's just a manifestation of the fungi that are already in the soil. But, at least removing it would prevent the flies from pollinating it and hopefully slow their spread.
-Glenn

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 6:38PM
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mrsg47(7)

Glenn is exactly right. I get them in fall, not spring. Just get rid of the stinkhorn, after you stop giggling at its name! Mrs. G

    Bookmark   April 4, 2012 at 8:43PM
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fabaceae_native

The Latin name of the common stinkhorn is even more comedic, "Phallus impudicus". Yours may be a related species, but the appearance and later smell are the only good reasons to get rid of the fruiting body of something that decomposes old wood and forms beneficial mycorrhizal relationships with plants.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2012 at 1:09PM
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