Care and Planting Instructions

Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 18-24″ apart in soil that is well-drained. Plant height 18-30″. Does well in containers or mixed pots. Attracts bees and butterflies.

 

Stevia stevia rebaudiana

Stevia, an annual, is just now gaining in popularity. Its claim to fame is that it is a healthy natural sweetener 20 to 30 times sweeter than sugar! Simply boil the leaves and allow to steep a few minutes, discard the leaves and use the liquid in drinks and recipes. You can also simply dry the leaves and sprinkle them on food for a sugar substitute.

Blooms repeatedly all year. As it blooms late into the fall, it is a valuable resource for honey bees when other nectars are scarce! This plant does well in containers even when grown indoors.

To harvest: harvest leaves before flowering. The leaves can be cut and used immediately. Drying the leaves will increase the sweetness. Store dried leaves in airtight containers.