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Stevia rebaudiana /Sugar Plant

Stevia rebaudiana  / Stevia rebaudiana
Leaves used fresh or dry for their sweeting property
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Leaves used fresh or dry for their sweeting property

Plant read for planting into the garden after danger of freezes past

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Scientific Name: Stevia rebaudiana
Common Name: Sugar Plant
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Herb
Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Gorwn as an annual in most of the United States. Stevia leaves may be used dried or fresh to sweeten where sugar might have been used. It passes through the digestive track without being broken down and adsorbed. Extracts of stevia are three hundred times as sweet as sugar. A a non-caloric natural-source alternative to artificially produced sugar substitutes. In December, 2008 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Rebiana, a stevia-based sweetener. Since then, this little plant has seen a surge in popularity. Blooms all year where hardy and in summer where grown as an annual