Stevia
Sweeten iced tea with stevia syrup instead of sugar.

Stevia

(Stevia rebaudiana)
  • Type: Perennial in zones 9 to 11
  • Planting time: Spring
  • Features: Green leaves that taste very sweet
  • Light: Full sun
  • Soil: Light, well drained, let dry between waterings
  • Plant spacing: 18 inches
  • Plant size: 12 to 36 inches tall
  • Garden uses: Herb gardens and containers
  • Culinary uses: Sweeten teas, lemonade, and other beverages

Also called sweetleaf for the very sweet taste of its leaves. An herb member of the chrysanthemum family that is native to parts of Brazil, where it grows wild as a small shrub. Grow it in containers or in the garden. It’s a great way to sweeten iced tea and other beverages without adding calories. It is reliably perennial in zones 9 to 11 and may overwinter in zone 8 with protection.

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Stevia is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 7.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A local 'big box' store carried your stevia several years ago and I had to try some. It DOES need good drainage; the two plants I didn't accidentally kill did well. Initially they were by a window, then in the garden in containers. They produced well (I clipped a few leaves every few days). The taste is sweet, but not exactly like sugar. I found I enjoyed it more when I added just a little (half a teaspoon) of 'real' sugar - that seemed to cut the aftertaste. The plants did die back during the winter, but one came back the following Spring. I've been looking for more of your stevia. This time I've read up more on how to take good care of it -- this plant is worth it! Not easy to germinate, so I really want several of yours again!
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Planted stevia in my vegetable garden, not really thinking it would survive. It grew to three feet high. Love Stevia, would grab a leaf outside to get rid of the "sugar" need. Great in tea. Dried the leaves. Cut the plant back, HOPING it comes back in spring. I'm in zone 8b. If not will definitely buy another one, or two, or....
Date published: 2016-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natural great taste with no harmful chemicals: I've been using Stevia for 3 years. I was a sugar lover looking for a tasty, healthy substitute; and I found it in Stevia. Now, I'm ready to grow my own Stevia plants!
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stevia here in Texas grows all year round. I wish I would have read your information earlier. Yes you do want to keep it trimmed. It will get leggy fast if you do not and break easy as well.
Date published: 2016-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Plant that grows well So, I actually bought this plant around 10 months ago, and the plant didn't start well at first., During the sixth month, this thing grew up to be very substantial and a good alternative to sugar. So, right now this plant is growing crazy thanks, to the sunniest spot in my garden. Used a lot of clipping and the plant is starting to bloom. So, this plant is actually very sasy to grow, and it is my favorite plant in my herb garden besides my red shiso plant.
Date published: 2017-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good website. Nice selection of plants.,easy of purchase, Walmart. Like package they come in.
Date published: 2017-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great herb tea sweetner: love the taste.
Date published: 2016-03-12
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