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I noticed this plant in a public area:

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There were several specimen. Most are red-flowered:

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Digital photography and monitors can't reproduce the exact color, but in nature it is red 'carmin rouge':

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Some of them are of lighter red:

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Almost pink:

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Leaf:

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I know it is a known plant, but I don't know its name. What about you?

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    Can you tell us where you live, or at least where you found this plant? Thanks! Dec 2 '17 at 2:02
  • Where I live is visible in my profile, and where I found the plant is described in the question,
    – VividD
    Dec 2 '17 at 17:17
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They're Salvia splendens, a tender perennial usually grown as an annual in summer bedding displays in temperate zones. These are past their best; the 'subtle shades of red' are just because they're fading as they're coming to an end, which is not surprising given the time of year; info and image showing them at their best here https://www.thespruce.com/red-salvia-scarlet-sage-salvia-splendens-2132144. You will note from the link there are other colours of Salvia splendens available - quite which these were originally is next to impossible to say, given they're coming to the end of their life and fading. There is a named variety 'Vanguard' which has dark sludgy pink flowers, but I don't know other varietal names - it might be possible, if you google S. splendens varieties, to ascertain particular names of different colour varieties, but not sure how helpful that would be at this stage.

The scarlet colour ones were much used in the UK years ago as part of many Borough summer flower displays in parks and public gardens.

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    Well, you don't have to agree with me, that's up to you, but I don't doubt the accuracy of my answer, so won't be altering it. These will all be dead in the next 4 weeks, unless where you live doesn't get below 5 deg C
    – Bamboo
    Dec 2 '17 at 19:57
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    There is a cultivar called Salvia splendens 'vanguard' which is a slightly different shade of flower, but they're still Salvia splendens, and 'vanguard' doesn't look like these either - but then they wouldn't, at this time of year
    – Bamboo
    Dec 2 '17 at 20:03
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    As I said, that's your privilege, I don't really know what else you want me to say.
    – Bamboo
    Dec 2 '17 at 20:06
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    Bamboo is right (as always) it is definitely salvia splendens. There are numerous colors available. In the second to last photo, your plant does look like it is fading
    – Tyler K.
    Dec 3 '17 at 1:23
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    @VividD I wouldn't say they are fading, as Tyler K and Bamboo mildly say. To me, some of them already look half wilted and the red pigment degraded.
    – Alina
    Dec 5 '17 at 11:35

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