Stevia Sweet Leaf
- Features: Called sweet leaf for the very sweet taste of its leaves. Leaves are 20-30 times sweeter than sugar cane. An herb member of the chrysanthemum family that is native to parts of Brazil, where it grows wild as a small shrub.
- Light: Plant in full sun.
- Soil and water: Light, well drained soil. Soak when soil dries out.
- Spacing: Space 45cm (18") apart.
- Height: Grows 30cm (12") in height.
- Growing tips: Wait until after all danger of frost is passed before planting.
- Garden use: Containers, herb and flower beds.
- Culinary use: Use the fresh leaves during the growing season to sweeten tea. The sweetness in the leaves is approximately one-fourth as concentrated as the white, powdered stevia that you buy. When sweetening with powdered leaves, use about 1/8 teaspoon of dried stevia to equal the sweetness of 1 teaspoon of sugar.