It is a hardy plant.
Updated on 16 Aug 2012:
The butterfly has been identified as the female Jacintha Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina jacintha).
My grateful thanks to Khew Sk who helped with the ID of this butterfly.
Also, thanks to Andrea for pointing out my mistake.
More details about this butterfly at Butterflies of Singapore website here.
Stevia plants are being given the nicknames, "King of Herbs" or "Plant Sugar King".
Many types of stevia products are on sale here.
It is being promoted as a natural sweetener and alternative to processed sugars e.g in the prevention of diabetes.
... the United States banned stevia in the early 1990s unless labeled as a dietary supplement, but in 2008 it approved rebaudioside A extract as a food additive. Over the years, the number of countries in which stevia is available as a sweetener has been increasing. In 2011, stevia was approved for use in the EU starting in early December, 2011...
Ulam is a traditional Malay preparation of herbs eaten raw for health and beauty.
It is believed that Ulam Raja has anti-aeging properties and it improves blood circulation.
After waiting for about 2 weeks, this is the first to send out shoots and I am so delighted. It is from the smallest leaf in the batch. This leaf had already sent out some roots by the time I opened the package. I will be posting the progress in my facebook page here. By the way, you can contact Andrea if you wish to buy a cutting of EO.
I am also joining Fertilizer Friday hosted by Glenda at Tootsie Time here.
Update on 25 Aug 2012
This male Jacintha Egg Fly (Hypolimnas bolina jacintha) came to my garden on the first day of Hari Raya 19th, 2012. While I didn't prepare any rendang or lemang, there was plenty of sweet syrup (nectar) cordial from my hibiscus flowers.