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I have several beautiful orange fungi growing in my two year old garden. They appear mostly between stepping stones (full sun) which have a deep underlay of gravel and sand, and also in a nearby bed which is semi-shady. Is this an indicator of an extreme soil condition that I should remedy? Where can I learn more?
Most likely, this mushroom is Aleuria aurantia, orange peel fungus or golden fairy cup. This species is widespread and common, often growing along roads or paths. It fruits from late fall to early spring.
It doesn't seem to be a problem for gardens....I would enjoy it as an added bit of fall color when it pops up in your garden.
Here is a link to a website in California with a nice picture and some information.
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April 19 2012 16:02:30