Echeveria agavoides is one of the very popular groups of succulents, the name “agavoides” simply means looks like an agave. So the foliage of the plant can be confused with that of an agave.
This is a species widely used in hybridisation, it is a rosette forming succulent from Mexico.
The species itself has green waxy foliage, fleshy and with a small spin on the leaf tip. It is the many hybrids and cultivars that are most widely seen for sale. Also known as the ‘Wax Agave’ and ‘Lipstick Echeveria’.
Even the species itself is variable, and the varieties available even more so. This is a plant that will flower, however it is the foliage that is the main attraction. Flowers rise above the foliage on stems and are a rosy pink with yellow interiors. The flowers are bell or lantern shaped and flared.
This is not a difficult group plants to grow, although some are easier than other
Always allow the soil to dry between watering and water less when the plants are in dormancy (autumn to winter)
It is a good idea to water from the bottom, especially in summer. This prevents water from collecting in the foliage and increasing humidity which can lead to fungal diseases.
Soil / Potting Mix
Use a free draining succulent and cactus potting mix with some extra drainage material mixed through. Pumice, Scoria, Perlite and similar material are all suitable.
Echeveria thrive in full sun, intense hot afternoon sun should be avoided. Sudden changes to the amount of sun should also be avoided. If you are growing these plants indoors over winter, when moving them outdoors in spring make the change in light gradual rather than immediate full sun.
Most E. agavoides are grown in containers, don’ be tempted to overpot them. The trouble with over potting is that the growing medium can retain to much moisture and also constant moisture, this can cause fungal diseases.
Propagation is easiest by removing offsets. It is also possible from seed, and from some varieties by leaf cuttings.
Popular varieties include
- E. agavoides ‘Corderoyi’
- E. agavoides ‘Romeo’
- E.agavoides ‘Lipstick’
- E. agavoides ‘Frank reinelt’
- Botanical Name – Echeveria agavoides
- Common Name – Wax agave or Lipstick Echeveria.
- Position – Full sun to afternoon shade, good air flow.
- Soil – Very well drained.
- Foliage – Green to red with spiked tips – varies with cultivar.
- Flowers – orange to red.
- Drought tolerant – Yes
- Frost tolerant – No
- Many cultivars are sensitive to humidity.