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Dried, ground leaves are a powerful herbal sweetener. Up to 30 times sweeter than sugar. Nearly calorie free. Small toothed leaves, slightly woody stems, with white flowers in late summer. Grows to 2 feet tall. Perennial in zones 9 and 10, Stevia can be grown as annual everywhere.
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Kept at 70-75°F., germination is in 7-21 days. Transplant into 3 inch pots as soon as seedlings are large enough to handle. Transplant into the garden 12 inches apart after all danger of frost.