underground white pods

Asked May 22, 2017, 8:27 AM EDT

Yesterday I was digging up weeds around an azalea bush, which is next to a lawn. About an inch or more under the ground I found some white things that look like small button mushrooms without stems. Also, there were fine white roots or fibers near these. Can you help me identify this? I've attached a picture. The garden gloves are there to give a sense of scale.

Prince George's County Maryland fungi

1 Response

This is some sort of fungus in it's beginning stages. We can't identify exactly what kind, but puffballs and stinkhorns come to mind.
They will arise if and when conditions are just right.
They are not of concern for your landscape. More like oddities to observe.