Seed Savers Exchange Herb, Stevia
(Stevia rebaudiana) Nature’s sweet secret. Used in Japan since the 1970s when the safety of artificial sweeteners came into question. Stevia extracts are 200-300 times sweeter than sugar, calorie-free, and all natural. The FDA has approved its use as a dietary supplement. Sub-tropical plant grown as an annual. Should be protected when temperatures fall below 50°F.
You can sow seeds indoors or directly into the soil in mild areas starting around mid-spring.
This is a "cut-and-come-again" plant so you can harvest leaves as they mature. Keep the leaves well watered and cool.