Sugar Herb - Stevia

Stevia rebaudiana

Stevia the Sugar Herb close up

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Stevia or the sugar herb is native to Brazil. The fresh or dried leaves can be used as a sugar substitute to sweeten cakes, drinks or desserts and are the only natural sweetener to have zero calories, carbohydrates and a zero glycemic index. The leaves if eaten fresh have a distinct set of flavours, the first sensation on the taste buds is the sweetness, this is followed by a pleasant aniseed like flavour which is lost totally once the herb is dried. Stevia is best grown in a sunny or partly shaded position where it is protected from frost. Thrives in moist, well drained soils enriched with humus. Ideal for pots, herb and kitchen gardens.

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Specifications of Sugar Herb - Stevia

Preferred Climate Subtropical, Warm TemperateLearn About Climate Zones

Grown From CuttingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 0-1m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest First Year

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months April, May, June

Sugar Herb - Stevia Reviews & Tips

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★★★★ 2y ago

ORMEAU, QLD, Australia

Very sweet, not hard to keep alive if watered regularly. Although has its own flavour and interesting aftertaste. Great addition to a herb garden

★★★ 7y ago

North Lakes, QLD

Seems to die back each winter, but the roots must survive because it springs back each year in summer.

Craig Cater
8y ago

Barkers Vale, NSW, Australia

Sugar Herb - Stevia

Awesome when used to sweeten Yerba Mate tea

9y ago

Lilydale, VIC, Australia

Sugar Herb - Stevia

Lick the leaveslick the leaves for just sweetness

11y ago

Mooroolbark, Vic, Australia

This is not an "oh, my edible garden is so wonderful" tale. Rather a sad tale of struggle. Ever heard of the sugar plant? When I did I was rapt! My husband has trouble with sugar and so it seemed like a great solution. Turned out it was a dismal failur...

★★★★ 12y ago


you can easily replant just split them in half. They are fun to eat and leave a good taste in your mouth.

12y ago

Marrickville, NSW, Australia

Sugar Herb - Stevia

Tea spoon of fresh Stevia boiled in 1/2 litre of water for 20 minutes, ad vitamin C or some lemon juice as prezervative... Keep in fridge, use as sweetener.

12y ago

Lismore, NSW, Australia, Australia

Sugar Herb - Stevia

I've just discovered the plant and tried it in the plunger with the coffee - subtle sweetness in the coffee!

Angela Hanan
13y ago

Coos Bay , OREGO

Sugar Herb - Stevia

I've found that when using fresh Stevia, it works better if it is boiled. So I put it in water in the microwave and keep the leaves in my drink, since they keep leaching sweetness.

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