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!


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, 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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Acacia invaded by Caterpillars!
My wife and I don't know what to do. We have a small...
Getting rid of soil nematodes
Dear veggie lovers: This is my first season growing...
Spots on my apple tree leaves
Hi, Spots have been appearing on my new apple trees....
Tomato Leaf Disease
The tomato disease has begun here in Miami. Does this...
sudden black stains on indoor plant with insects
These black stains appeared suddenly on an indoor plant....
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™