One would think I should know better than to be surprised at the kinds of plants and creatures that exist in nature. I am a city girl, comfortable in non-city habitats, but very, very ignorant. Obviously.
The photo above is from the garden of one Gardena resident. She kept bringing in these stalks of these alien-like flora.
So, never mind what the green spherical things with fine spiky things resemble, but when it matures and explodes...? WTF????? It's like feather-like, strands with seeds nestled inside.
Does anyone know what this plant/flower is called? They look like balloons (or something else, as just a handful of people have commented) that explode into white beards.