Definitely not Hollyhocks. Do a Google search.
Those look a little like Portulaca, but a bit tall.
Yes, the leaves seem very wrong for Malvaceae. The only Portulaca I myself
have seen had fleshy (succulent) leaves. This plant is just way out of my
scope, but maybe what about Godetia, I wonder.
But then whatta wino.
From the foliage and the red stems, I would think they are Penstemon.
However, the flowers do not resemble the Penstemon in my own garden.
Hollyhocks have large, lobed, round leaves that are slightly fuzzy.
They send up tall stalks with the flowers along the stalks (not at the
tips as seen in the photo).
David E. Ross
Climate: California Mediterranean
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