I don't know what they are either, but I agree they are pretty. I'm terrible at identifying plants and flowers.
You might ask Tokugawa Ieyasu. He and his family were quite fond of hollyhocks (mallow, alcea rosea, 葵).It’s just a guess, actually, but do any of these look familiar?
OK. I wanted to find a family crest with both leaves and flowers but actually the Tokugawa crest used mostly just the leaves of hollyhock Plant Doe, or aoi 葵 as seen here
Gogouci, same here. I tend to identify plants as 'the red one' or 'the one with big leaves.' I call the one in this picture 'the cute pink one' :)Gary, yes I think they ARE hollyhocks (what a name!), thank you! Amazing how you know so much. I'm going to have to look into it now, too :)
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