Return to the Professional Gardener Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Mutinus caninus-Fungus-How can I get rid of it?

Posted by bdlynnlove MD (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 18, 09 at 13:57

I'd appreciate any advice I can get. I have this coming up in my yard and gardens. Areas where children and animals have access and also play. I can't find anything that say it's 'harmful' just that it should not be ingested. Not easy to guarentee with a 3 yr old and 2 puppies. How can I get rid of it? Permanently.

Thank you in advance.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mutinus caninus from

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Mutinus caninus-Fungus-How can I get rid of it?

They are actually edible and dried ones are considered an Asian delicacy. Since they smell pretty gross, it is unlikely small kids or dogs will seek them out, but I wouldn't be overly concerned if they do. As to getting rid of them permanently, that is virtually impossible to do. They are a naturally occurring fungi native to much of the eastern US and will generate from leaf litter, forest debris, wood mulch.....pretty much any decomposing woody plant material. They, like many other fungi, are part of the natural decomposition process. They do tend to be very seasonal, typically appearing in damp weather associated with fall and spring. Cold weather or dry periods will put a stop to their appearance. If they bother you excessively, just rake them away.

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Professional Gardener Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here