What in the world is this? I was digging out some weeds and attached to the...

Asked May 13, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

What in the world is this? I was digging out some weeds and attached to the root system were these round white balls. My neighbor thinks they're stink horns. What should I do? Thanks! You guys ROCK!!

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Your neighbor is correct, These are the body of stinkhorn fungi. The above ground manifestation is the fruiting body. Having found the 'eggs', you have avoided having to deal with the somewhat offensive stinkhorns. They are harmless, but it is appropriate that you discard the 'eggs'.