Stevia develops sweet-tasting foliage that's an excellent alternative to sugar or artificial sweeteners. Given enough moisture, this tropical plant thrives in containers or in the landscape. Just be sure to plant it where the soil drains well; stevia will not thrive in constantly wet soil and resents heavy clay. Avoid using high nitrogen fertilizers. In northern climates, move stevia indoors before frost hits and treat it like a houseplant.

Stevia Overview

Genus Name Stevia rebaudiana
Common Name Stevia
Plant Type Herb
Light Sun
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width 18 to 18 inches
Flower Color White
Season Features Fall Bloom, Summer Bloom
Special Features Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 11
Propagation Seed, Stem Cuttings

Pruning and Harvesting

Stevia foliage can be harvested at any time, but it is the most flavorful in the late summer and early fall. The foliage can be used fresh or dried to flavor beverages or to sweeten meat or vegetable dishes. The amount of sweetness varies from plant to plant, so you might want to grow several if you have the space.

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