Fungus or Plant?

Asked October 16, 2016, 11:18 AM EDT

Is this a fungus? It just showed up in my Hibiscus tree plant.

Wayne County Michigan

1 Response

Yes, it looks like one of a group of fungi that are referred to as stinkhorns. They are a natural part of wood decay and are probably feeding off the wood chip mulch. They are usually produced during wet, cool periods in late summer and fall. They are not harmful, and no control is necessary. You can simply scrape them up and remove them from the pot if you wish.