I used to have a similar one that was a Purple Passion plant (gynura aurantiaca). It was also called Velvet Plant because the leaves had a kind of purple fuzz on them. The blooms did not smell very good.
Your plant is named Persian Shield. I was given some as a gift last year. It is absolutely beautiful. I planted it in the ground and then dug it up and potted it for the Winter. This is what I learned about it. It likes shade and water. Also, if you bring it in for the Winter, it continues to like shade and a light misting a few times a week. I hope this helps.
Wandering Jew-properly known as zebrina pendula is a variety of Tradescantia-as is your plant. I'm posting a link to images of tradescantia, scroll down to find your variety:
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I was given a clip of something that looked like this. In Mississippi, it grows outdoors, but in my zone 5 garden, Its a houseplant. It gets little pink flowers. Does yours get flowers?
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