Common name: Purple Heart, Purple Queen, Wandering Jew 'Purple Heart'
Plant Link: http://plantsdatabase.com/go/1160/
It is one of the first blooming plants here in north texas. They stand erect reaching for the sun. I have them in part shade. They don't get quite as tall and spindley. Every year they come back stronger. After they finish blooming I cut them half way down, and they basically disappear until the fall when they just put out light green foilage.