More About Stevia rebaudiana
- Small, semi-bushy sub-tropical plant
- Fine roots spread out over the surface of the soil
- A thicker part of the root grows deep into the soil
- Stems are hairy, wand-like and covered in dark green leaves
- Tubular, white, bisexual blooms
- Bloom Time: Can bloom year round
Stevia leaves have a long history of use as sweeteners, due to the presence or sweet crystalline glycosides called steviosides which are 200-300 times sweeter than sucrose. The leaves are sweet to taste and dry leaves are sweeter.
Sweetleaf Growing and Maintenance Tips
Grows well in a variety of soil types ranging from textured sands to well-drained loams, not clay or poorly drained sites. Grow as an annual in Ontario.