Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 24 inches
Plant Spread: 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Other info: Difficult to start from seed, low germination rate
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Cane
Layering
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Stevia seeds and seed heads

Comments:
Posted by bitbit (Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 21, 2011 2:01 PM

Used as a sweetener, especially for beverages. Bruised fresh leaves can be added to tea leaves before steeping, or leaves (bruised or dried and crushed) can be steeped in alcohol (vodka works well) for several days to extract the sweet component (steviol glycoside). This extract can then be used in beverages or anything else that needs sweetening. Stevia extract is heat-stable, so it can be cooked with, but because it has much less bulk than sugar, recipes need to be adjusted to bake with it.

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