I live in Wilmington, Delaware (Mid-Atlantic USA). The north side of my yard is largely shaded by my house and grass is spotty.
Periodically when I go into the yard I will find as many as four pod-like things have opened on the ground. I almost never notice them before this stage, the one time I did it looked like a patch of dirt until I stepped on it and it sort of shattered.
I'm baffled by it and my wife thinks it's some form of fungus.
We have two children under 4 and we are concerned it could be poisonous. It certainly doesn't enhance our yard's attractiveness.
With that in mind, I have a handful of related questions:
- What is it?
- Is it dangerous?
- How can I get rid of it, if I so choose?
I believe we have found an unopened example of what we've been seeing: