stevia (Eupato-rium) - genus of herbaceous plants of the family Asteraceae.The Latin name was given by Carolus Linnaeus plant.Russian name due to the similarity of leaves growing in our species with leaves of hemp, males are called "fimble" (accent on the first syllable).Besides from its stems in the old da
In culture stevia used in informal landscaped gardens, where plants are planted in large arrays in conjunction with major cereals and other perennials.The talented Dutch designer Piet Rudolf in his estate, used stevia as a vertical dominant in the grassy curb - 14x5 m. In the foreground are planted low grasses, sedges, euphorbias, bells, feverweed, AST, backpack, umbrella, hosts, daylilies and geranium.In the center at a certain distance from each other - two purple shrub stevia (higher and more compact form) in combination with phlox, Monarda, tall grasses, rue, loosestrife, oriental poppy, veronicastrum, meadowsweet, perennial asters.In the background is another shrub stevia magenta, two curtain and mountaineer polymorphic amplexicaul, pickerel Soddy, burnet, daylily highest.In this case, small drops of relief allow the use of such a variety of plants, the basis for the architectural composition make stevia, miscanthus and mountaineer polymorphic.
in mixed flower beds stevia will become good neighbors in harmony in color and black cohosh Astilbe contrasting helenium and Ligularia.Planted in groups
high stevia help gracefully hide fences and walls of buildings, visually expand the space.
Neat whorls almost horizontal leaves on strong straight stems E. purpureum associated with bamboo.A particularly beautiful variety with dark purple stems contrasting with green leaves.Almost black foliage of E. Rugosum Chocolate creates a perfect backdrop for bright and lobelia penstemonov and E. hyssopifolium needle leaves used for texture or contrast as openwork background for flowering plants.
winter, the dark silhouettes of tall varieties P. purple look beautiful in the snowy garden, but the blackened leaves better to break after the first frost.
It is also important that stevia attract butterflies, which is pleasant to consider closely.
All Flowering varieties suitable for bouquets, cut-off function is persistent in water.
stevia unpretentious and hardy - does not suffer from pests and diseases.Love-drained moist soil with average fertility, the degree of humidity depends height.Propagated by them in the spring and in late summer by dividing the bushes, but the 3-4-year-old specimens from woody rhizomes hands can not be divided, and if chopping ax or crowbar undermining killed a lot of good shoots.Therefore it is best to propagate stevia spring green cuttings, regrown to 8-15 cm. They are easily and quickly take root under the film or the bank.
Lovers of gourmet cooking wild plants should be cautioned - all stevia poisonous.
most common type in Eurasia - E. cannabinum (Konopleva AP) - perennial 60-180 cm tall with a creeping rhizome and opposite leaves, lanceolate dissected into three segments.