Native to Paraguay and Brazil, Stevia is nature’s sweet secret.
Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
Maturity: 40-60 days from transplant, 90-100 days from seed
Height: 12 to 36 inches
Spacing: 18 to 24 inches apart, 2 to 3 feet between rows
Used widely in South America and the orient, home gardeners started growing stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) when the safety of artificial sweeteners came into question. Stevia leaves are 10-15 times sweeter than refined sugar. Best of all, it’s extremely low in calories and all natural. Plants grow 1-3 feet tall. Perennial, sometimes grown as an annual.
Fact: Stevia is a member of the Asteraceae family which makes it closely related to daisies and marigolds. (more…)