Stevia Rebaudiana - Plant

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Stevia rebaudiana is a plant species in the genus Stevia of the sunflower family, commonly known as candyleaf, sweetleaf, sweet leaf, or sugarleaf.

Common name: sweetleaf
Color: white
Bloom time: July to August
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Difficulty level: easy to grow

Planting & Care
It would be difficult, at best, to start a stevia patch from scratch — that is, by planting seeds. Even if you could get them to germinate, results might well prove disappointing, since stevioside levels can vary greatly in plants grown from seed.
Keep in mind that not all stevia plants are created equal in terms of stevioside content, and, hence, sweetness. It’s therefore a good idea to try to determine if the plants you’re buying have been grown from cuttings whose source was high in stevioside.

Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: well-drained soil

Water: Medium

Temprature: 15°C to 30°C

Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer

Care:
  • Stevia plants do best in a rich, loamy soil — the same kind in which common garden-variety plants thrive.
  • Since the feeder roots tend to be quite near the surface, it is a good idea to add compost for extra nutrients if the soil in your area is sandy.

  • Frequent light watering is recommended during the summer months.
  • Adding a layer of compost or your favorite mulch around each stevia plant will help keep the shallow feeder roots from drying out.


Special Feature:
Annual for herb garden. Window box or clay pot.
Use
Medicinal use:
  • Stevia herb parts are very low in calories.
  • Parts by parts, its dry leaves possess roughly 40 times more sweetness than sugar.
  • This sweetness quality in stevia is due to several glycoside compounds including stevioside, steviolbioside, rebaudiosides A-E, and dulcoside.

  • Stevioside is a non-carbohydrate glycoside compound.
  • Hence, it lacks the properties that sucrose and other carbohydrates possess.
  • Stevia extracts, like rebaudioside-A, are found to be 300 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Besides, being a near-zero calorie food ingredient, stevia extracts have several unique properties such as long shelf life, high temperature tolerance, non-fermentative.

Ornamental use:
  • The plant is used for ornamental purpose


Note:
No serious insect or disease problems.

Reference:
http://www.stevia.net/growingstevia.htm http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/stevia-plant.html http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=e489
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