Fungus among us: Rain causes mushroom madness

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by Doug Miller / KHOU 11 NEWS

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Posted on July 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

HOUSTON – All of the recent rain has wild mushrooms sprouting up everywhere, from parks to pathways to people’s yards.

Mushroom roots hide underground all the time. The rain disperses their spores and that’s when they sprout and spread.

Some readers have sent us photos of mushrooms more than a foot wide.

"To me, they’re more like a free surprise. You can mow ‘em down, you can let ‘em go, whatever you want to do," said plant expert T.J. Marks with Houston’s Parks Department. "They don’t hurt the turf at all. They actually provide more nutrients."

One question that inevitably comes up: Can you eat wild mushrooms? While most mushrooms are edible, some are poisonous and can even be deadly.

Joan Delaney isn’t planning to eat the ones she’s been seeing on her daily walk, but she enjoys looking at them.

"And people wonder if there’s a God. You think man could make this? I don’t think so," Delaney said.

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