STEVIA (Stevia rebaudiana)

Also known as the sugar leaf herb, this wonderful plant is used in its native Paraguay and throughout South America as a sugar substitute. It has almost none of the calories that sugar has and can be used by people with sugar intolerance.

Use the leaves fresh or dried or make a solution in water. It is much sweeter than sugar. Use 1/2 teaspoon of fresh leaves to replace 2 tablespoons of sugar.

This perennial herb grows freely on river banks in poor sandy soils. In the garden, give it rich loamy soil and keep it mulched and watered. 

Use the leaves any time but harvest the whole crop in the Autumn before growth dies back. It will grow back the following Spring. 

Cold sensitive until established. Try it in pots that can be moved to a warmer spot during the winter. 



STEVIA (Stevia rebaudiana)


    Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya,