Egg/Pest/Disease Identification

jubebabeAugust 2, 2012

I am new to flower gardening, this is my 3rd summer with a garden, and my 1st time on a forum.

So here is my issue:

Spring 2012 while weeding, I found around 10 white, round soft egg type things. They have a few roots attached. I squished one and it had a whitish/gray jelly inside (gross)! This is a full-sun area. I do have a couple perennials planted, but have no idea what this could be from?

Summer 2012, in the same area, I have what appears to be diseased "Surprise Lily's" or "Bare-Naked Ladies" emerging from the ground. They are spiked, but the stalk is reddish-pink, mushy and they stink. I pulled some and they appear be emerging from a small white, round soft egg type thing.

Approximately 30 of these stinky spikes have appeared in this area last two months, they are gross and this section of my garden reeks of something rotten and dead.

I do have Surprise Lily's in my garden, but not near this spot.

Additionally, today, as thinning my Balsam flowers, I pulled a few that had those same round white soft egg type things butted up to the Balsam roots.

I have attached a picture of the eggy things and the stinky spikes.

Does anyone know what they are? And, if the eggs and spikes are the same thing?

Thank you very much for your help!


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

stinkhorn mushrooms ... though it has some much more colorful suggestive names.. including the latin ...

endemic to the mulch or decaying wood you have in your soil

ignore them


Here is a link that might be useful: link

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 3:13PM
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Probably will ignore them, they are stinky though!

*Here's another picture of my new crop of stinkhorn mushrooms!

Thank you very much for you quick response,

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 3:30PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

A bad smell, agreed! Try to not disturb them, that seems to keep the smell to a minimum. If the smell is bugging you anyway, you can cover them up with a little pile of mulch or leaves.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 5:09PM
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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

Probably will ignore them, they are stinky though!

==>> THEN QUIT BENDING OVER TO SMELL THEM .. crimminey.. lol ...


    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 6:39PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Trust me...they don't require any messing with in order to stink. The smell comes from the above ground part and wafts through the garden.

If they crop up near my patio, they're removed with a shovel and put in the garbage.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2012 at 10:16PM
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