Brazil & Argentina
Stevia is a shrub like perennial plant which is used as sugar substitute and in the treatment of some health conditions. The leaves of Stevia plant are upto 5 cm long , dark green , simple alternate , toothed , elliptical with white tubed female flowers. Stems are erect & pubescent.
Stevia is a source of zero calorie sweetener and the sweetness of leaves is more than sugar.
Stevia plant grows best in well drained , rich, red & sandy loam soil. Plant prefers a acidic to neutral soil. It prefers a average temperature upto 30 C Fertilizer and manures with low nitrogen content is best suitable.
Best suitable for herb garden.
Water the plants everyday and keep the soil moist. Make sure excess water is drained out. Trim the plants in the summers to keep them in good shape. You can keep the herbs on a kitchen windowsill provided you are getting good sunlight there.
Potted herb plants are sensitive to sun and naturally grow towards the source of sunlight. They might start to lean after some time so make sure to rotate the pot in different direction.