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I found these in our flower garden. They were half exposed so I pulled them up on top of the ground. The day I did this there were just five oval bulb-like things. Next day, the bottom one grew a whitish stem about 3 inches long with a strange top to it. I don't know what to make of these things. Are they some kind of mushroom/fungi? Vinny


Earth Balls Hi Vinny,
From your photo, it looks like a type of fungal fruiting body usually called earth balls which are related to puffbal fungi. They are not harmful to the plants near them. They are mycorrhizal which means they live symbiotically with the surrounding tree roots. The tree roots and earth balls share nutrients and water that benefit bth. The earth balls produce an abundance of spores of various colors that are spread by animals digging them up. So, the bottom line is they are a good thing to have growing in your soil.

Thank you.

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Linda K. Lillie is the President of Sprigs & Twigs, Inc, the premier landscape design and maintenance, tree care, lawn care, stonework, and carpentry service provider in southeastern Connecticut since 1997. She is a graduate of Connecticut College in Botany, a Connecticut Master Gardener and a national award winning landscape designer for her landscape design and landscape installation work.


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