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Discussion in 'Indoor and Greenhouse Plants' started by SvenLittkowski, Dec 29, 2009.
Just as the headline already asks: is this plant a Stevia?
Most of Stevia pictures show opposite leaves, whereas your plant seems to have alternate leaves. Just a thought...
What else could it be then?
Kinda looks like a Basil plant.
Basil leaves should also be opposite and with rounded base, not cuneate as in this plant.
I am supplying two more photos, hopefully this helps...
My Stevia has fuzzy stems and leaves. This plant doesn't appear to. It definitely needs a lot more light in any case!
Hi Plantian, what indicates that the plant needs more light? I am happy to learn a bit, I am not yet that good with plants.
You can tell because the space on the stems between the leaves is very long and the leaves don't appear to be as large as they should to my eye. The stems also seem a thinner than they should, and don't seem to support their own weight terribly well. That all usually means the plant is trying very hard to stretch itself out and reach a better source of light.
You could of course smell the foliage? Stevia of course is sickly sweet tasting though as noted above, both have opposite leaves. Reminds me of something in the Solanaceae to me?.....
Ahh! I see! Thanks a lot. Well, the distance between the leaves is 15 centimenters, and the diameter of an average stem (not on the ground) is 4 millimeters.
I tasted one of its leafs, and they taste actually ... leafy. Not sweet at all, not even like any herb. Just like an ordinary leaf. Hmm... I wonder still, what plant it is...
If it was a Stevia, when would the blossoming season start? I am in Jamaica but grow them at home.
I think you should put the plant outdoors for a while if you are in Jamaica. I think it will be happier and healthier, and the growth would be easier to identify after it grows outside for a month or two. It's harder to identify when it's a bit distorted from its need for light.
Where did the plant come from, by the way? That could help solve this...
Hi. I bought the plant seeds among many others online. One package was Stevia. So I would naturally assume, this is supposed to be a Stevia. But the missing sweetness makes me thinking...
One question more: if Stevia blossoms, when will that be, and how do the blossoms look alike? Maybe that, then, can help further.
There is a photo of the flowers on the Stevia article on Gardenology. Mine was flowering a month ago, but I cut the flowers off to focus the energy of the plants on the leaves.
Thanks! Hmm... The leafs look very different from the leafs of my "Stevia". I will make a leaf detail photo and attach it...
Photo 1: Leaf top
Photo 2: Leaf bottom