Sweetleaf (Stevia)

Stevia rebaudiana

SKU
06399
Intriguing herb often grown as a houseplant, with deep green foliage and small white flowers. Ideal for kitchen garden, raised beds or containers. A much used substitute for sugar - said to be 30 times sweeter - the leaves are often dried and ground but can also be plucked and used fresh. Tender perennial; in mild climates often becomes more fully branched in its second season.
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Average Size at MaturityFast grower to 18 to 24 in. tall, 18 in. wide.
Bloom TimeWhite flowers in summer.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic, Tropical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureClump Forming, Easy Care, Edible, Gift Plant, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when the top 2 to 3 in. of soil is dry.
Key FeatureNatural Sweetener

Thrives in humus-rich, well-drained soil. Apply an organic mulch to keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Follow a regular watering schedule to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with an organic, slow release fertilizer periodically through growing season. Harvest leaves in fall.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 9 - 11

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