Commonly acknowledged as natures sweet secret, these unremarkable plants are wonderful to occupy sheltered corners of the garden that happen from time to time.
Stevia plants grow to around 50 cm in height and, depending on the climate can be perennial or annual.
Stevia plants are spring/summer plants but if your climate is warm for most of the year, and they are protected from the harsh elements, they will continue to grow throughout the year.
There are many extreme claims about the sweetness of Stevia but the actual comparable sweetness of the raw leaf, gram to gram with sugar is around 10:1, which makes it's use in cooking and drinks an extremely good substitute for sugar.
Extraction of the crystaline Steviosides is frankly beyond the interested gardeners ability but the leaves and stems are enjoyable just as they are. Stevia seed is very small and wispy but germination rate is quite good, if the seeds are not buried.
Stevia is a different plant altogether to Aztec Sweet Leaf.
30+ seeds $4.50
Degree of difficulty in germination.....9/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal
Potted plants are usually available here! Depending on the time of year.