Vomit fungus in wood mulch

This bizarre looking fungus appears rather quickly in the summer and brings about nicknames like ‘dog vomit fungus’ and ‘puke fungus’


Sometimes just a few weeks after you spread a fresh layer of shredded wood mulch something odd suddenly appears. What is that, you wonder. It’s moist and gooey and has the appearance of vomit, for lack of a more pleasant description!

This photo will help explain what I’m talking about:

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It’s actually a fairly harmless fungus provided it doesn’t cover the foliage on plants, but people often scoop it into a trash bag for disposal just because it looks so bad. While it’s rather gooey when it first appears, it will dry out over time.

 No one can figure out where this mess originated so they blame the dog!

No one can figure out where this mess originated so they blame the dog!