DESCRIPTION: Stevia produces an extract 400 times sweeter than white sugar. Recommended in traditional medicine as a sweetener for diabetic diets and for treatment of headaches. Grows well in a...
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DESCRIPTION: Stevia produces an extract 400 times sweeter than white sugar. Recommended in traditional medicine as a sweetener for diabetic diets and for treatment of headaches. Grows well in a sunny location with controlled watering. Tubular white flowers nearly all season make this a great choice for the garden. 

BOTANICAL NAME: Stevia rebaudiana 'Sugar Love'
OTHER NAMES: Sweetleaft, Sweet Leaf, Sugarleaf, Honey Leaf, Sweet Herb
GROUP/CLASS: 
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 15+ cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 15+ cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: White
FLOWERING TIME: Spring to fall
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Edible

Ornamental Features

Sugar Love Stevia features dainty clusters of lightly-scented white flowers at the ends of the stems from early spring to late fall. Its serrated oval leaves remain forest green in colour throughout the season. 

Landscape Attributes

Sugar Love Stevia is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Sugar Love Stevia is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Sugar Love Stevia tends to be leggy, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. This fast-growing annual will live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution.

Sugar Love Stevia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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