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Candyleaf Stevia rebaudiana

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
STEE-vee-uh re-bawd-ee-AH-nuh
Description

Sweetleaf is a tender perennial in the aster family and is native to warm humid climates in South America. It reaches 1-2 feet tall and is typically grown for its leaves from which a sweetener is made. Flowers are generally pruned to improve the flavor of the leaves.

This plant needs sandy well-drained but moist soil in sun to partial shade. In NC it can be grown as an annual or brought indoors for the winter. Cuttings can also be taken.

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Tags:
#sun#houseplant#white flowers#herb garden#edible leaves#annual herb#container#sweet taste#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Stevia
    Species:
    rebaudiana
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil, Paraguay
    Edibility:
    Leaves are highly edible and used as a sweetener. They can be eaten off the plant, used in teas or dried.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herb
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    The tubular flowers are white with light purple accents and borne in terminal clusters. Prune off flowers for better-tasting leaves
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    1-inch opposite, slender oblong leaves have a pronounced midrib.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Green thin stems can be somewhat floopy
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Edible Garden
    Garden for the Blind