How to Buy Stevia Plants

Overview

Stevia is a plant that is known as sweetleaf or honeyleaf due to its sweet taste. The plant is becoming known throughout the United States as a natural alternative to refined sugar. Derivatives of stevia can be found in the baking aisle of many grocery stores as a sugar substitute. But you don't have to go to the grocery store to enjoy stevia as a sweetener in your drinks. Just a few years ago, you could not purchase the plant commercially in the United States. Now you can find seeds and plants in many garden centers alongside well-known herbs such as basil and thyme.

Step 1

Locate your local garden center, herbalist or nursery through the phone book.

Step 2

Call ahead to make sure that stevia plants are in stock. Due to the plant's increasing popularity, stevia is as widely available as most other herbs.

Step 3

Look through the herb transplants section of their store shelves for stevia. Stevia has large, pear-shaped leaves with serrated edges that look like large mint leaves. The plant resembles a shrub with its dense, compact shape.

Step 4

Purchase the plant, and bring it home to enjoy.

Things You'll Need

  • Phone book

References

  • Washington State University: Stevia
  • Clemson University: What's Growing at CCMG
  • Oregon State University: How Sweet it is

Who Can Help

  • Stevia: All About the Herb that is Sweeter than Sugar
  • Richters Herbs
  • Herbal Advantage Inc
  • Well Sweep Herb Farm
Keywords: natural sweetener, stevia, home grown sweetener

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."