Stevia

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Summary

Stevia is an exciting choice for the herb garden because of the natural, calorie-free sweetness found in its leaves. Appreciated by diabetics and dieters, stevia is a tender perennial that loves the warm sun and dies back in a freeze. However, in zones 9 and warmer, the roots usually survive the winter and will come back in the spring.

Additional Info

It can overwinter in zone 8, too, with protection. Gardeners in frost-free areas enjoy growing stevia year-round, allowing it to grow into a small shrub. However, vigor declines after the second year, so if you want to harvest the maximum amount of foliage, it pays to replant.
Plant stevia in spring once all chances of frost have passed. This sweet herb grows well in-ground but is also a splendid container plant.


Details

Seasons:
Colors

N/A

Habits

N/A

Exposure
  • Full Sun
Moisture
  • Average Water
Height:

24 - 36

Spread:

18 - 30

Zone:

N/A

Uses
  • Bedding Plant
  • Containers
  • Vegetable Garden
Features
  • Edible Fruit/Foliage
Sub-Categories
  • Herb
Growing Tips

Space stevia plants 18 inches apart or plant them in 12-inch containers.
Grow this sun-loving plant in an area that gets plenty of light and has rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.7 to 7.2.

Watering

Water once the top inch of soil becomes dry, but don’t let the soil become soggy.


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