The hollyhocks in my yard are winding down; just a few flowers left.
Mine are all volunteers. They’ve done well this wet summer.
|Veritable multitudes of schizocarps!|
Hollyhock fruits are dry discs that split into many thin segments, each with a seed. Hence the term schizocarp—split or divided fruit. On my plants, the segments (mericarps) stay trapped in the old dried sepals until a hard wind blows or someone brushes against them and spills them on the walk.
|Mericarps are about 5 mm across.|
|Three papery mericarps, each holding a seed.|