We were driving toward Red Rock State Park when I saw some interesting flowers. I turned the car around and looked for them again. No luck but then we saw a number of striking bushes. We parked and took a closer look. Lots of roughly spherical paper like globes and tiny purple flowers. Some smaller and darker spheres were present too. What's going on with this plant?
We kept looking and began to understand. The smaller dark globes were are the beginning of the process. The purple flowers emerged from those globes. The large white globes cqame later after the flower had withered.